Wednesday, November 30, 2011

November 30 in San Antonio history...

1942
Determined to prevent a fire in San Antonio like the deadly fire that killed 477 people at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub in Boston two days earlier, Mayor C.K. Quin, Fire Commissioner P. J. Anderson and Fire Chief C. A. Hart met to discuss inspection of local night spots and the abolition of revolving doors in those establishments.
The daughter of Ft. Sam Houston commander, C. K. Nulsen, was killed in the Cocoanut Grove inferno.

Monday, November 21, 2011

November 21 in San Antonio history...

1953
San Antonio police, armed with 12-gauge riot guns, launched "Operation Bird Kill" at City Hall.  The hunt, which began at 2:30 a.m., was designed to drive the cowbirds away from City Hall after they had become a nuisance, both noisy and unsanitary.

1963
Scheduled dedication ceremonies for the new John F. Kennedy High School have been postponed.

1968
Big Brother and the Holding Company, featuring Janis Joplin, are scheduled to play a concert in Hemisfair Arena but the show is cancelled at the last minute.

1973
Adela Navarro of the Texas Hispanic-American History Institute urged SADA commissioners to remove the statue of Ben Milam from Milam Park and restore the name to "El Campo Santo" and said that allowing commercial activity at the park would be a "desecration" to the people buried there.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 17 in San Antonio history...

1912
Jourdanton, the wonder city, pulls off a jubilee, beginning Wednesday and ending Saturday.

1942
Excavators

Friday, November 11, 2011

November 11 in San Antonio history...

1920
Reminiscing over a day that 12 years ago caused millions of heavy hearts to lift with joy, San Antonio citizens today thronged the downtown area to witness a revival of the epochal event - Armistice Day.  Rodney "Gipsy" Smith, the noted English evangelist now conducting a revival in San Antonio, rode in the parade.


1930
Radio station KMAC, San Antonio's newest radio broadcasting unit with studios in the Blue Bonnet Hotel, will be formally opened tonight, with Mayor C. M. Chambers and other prominent civic and business leaders present, according to announcement by Jack Wallace, manager.  The owner is W. W. McAllister, and the call letters KMAC, were suggested by Mac, short for McAllister.

1940
Maj. Gen. James G. Harboard spoke in front of the Alamo today at the conclusion of the Armistice Day parade, urging America to adopt universal military training. "The red menace threatens your country," he said, "and there are societies in the United States today, many of them that would like to see the Stars and Stripes replaced by the red flag of anarchy."  Universal military service, Harboard said, would prevent the necessity of maintaining a huge standing army.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

November 3 in San Antonio history...

1941
The new Ford automobiles for 1942 went on display at local dealers today:  the Jordan-Ivers Company, the Herpel-Gillespie Company, and George Jones, Inc.  (Automobile production would cease shortly after the declaration of war on December 8, 1941 and would not resume for four years.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

November 1 in San Antonio history...

1941
Parachutist George Hopkins, a native San Antonian, jumped from a plane and landed on the top of Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming today.  However, his plan for getting down from the mountain went awry and he had to wait six days in freezing temperatures for rescuers to climb up to him with rappelling equipment.