San Antonio in History

Historical Events

  • 1771-07-14 Mission San Antonio de Padua founded in California
  • 1835-12-05 - 10th: Assault on Mexican-held San Antonio by Texan rebels
  • 1842-03-05 Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.
  • 1861-05-16 Twiggs Surrender, San Antonio, Texas during US Civil war
  • 1928-01-01 1st US air-conditioned office building opens, San Antonio
  • 1949-12-11 WOAI (now KMOL) TV channel 4 in San Antonio, TX (NBC) 1st broadcast
  • 1950-02-15 KENS TV channel 5 in San Antonio, TX (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1955-06-10 KWEX TV channel 41 in San Antonio, TX (IND) begins broadcasting
  • 1957-01-21 KSAT TV channel 12 in San Antonio, TX (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1962-09-10 KLRN TV channel 9 in San Antonio, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1963-08-13 US Customs agents confiscate 21 gold coins from Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
  • 1968-04-06 HemisFair 1968 opens in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1972-08-11 "Cheech & Chong Day" in San Antonio Texas
  • 1975-01-28 8th ABA All-Star Game: East 151 beats West 124 at San Antonio

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1978-04-09 In separate NBA games Denver's David Thompson scores 73 points & San Antonio's George Gervin scores 63 points (33 in 1 quarter)

NBA Guard George Gervin
NBA Guard
George Gervin
  • 1980-10-11 Dallas Mavericks first game at Reunion Arena, beat San Antonio 103-92
  • 1981-04-04 Henry Cisneros becomes 1st Mexican-American mayor (San Antonio)
  • 1981-04-24 San Antonio blocks 20 Golden State shots to set NBA reg game record
  • 1982-03-06 NBA highest scoring game: San Antonio beat Milwaukee 171-166 (3 OT)
  • 1982-07-23 FCC approves AM stereo radio, KTSA San Antonio goes stereo
  • 1983-07-25 1st non-human primate (baboon) conceived in a lab dish, San Antonio
  • 1985-03-23 Julian Lennon's 1st concert (San Antonio Texas)
  • 1986-02-18 San Antonio's Alvin Robertson scores NBA 2nd quadruple double-20 pts, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals against Phoenix
  • 1988-07-16 San Antonio (Texas League) beats Jackson 1-0 in 26 innings
  • 1991-03-26 Orlando Thunder beats San Antonio Riders in their 1st WLAF game 35-34
  • 1993-05-15 Alamodome in San Antonio TX opens
  • 1995-02-21 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans
  • 1996-02-11 46th NBA All-Star Game: East beats West 129-118 at San Antonio

Famous Birthdays

  • 1888-02-21 Florence Bates, TX, actress (Moon & Sixpence, Love Crazy, San Antonio)
  • 1888-04-15 Florence Bates, actress (Kismet, I Remember Mama), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1888-08-05 Victor Francen, Belgium, actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio)
  • 1895-08-16 Lucien Littlefield, actor (Mr Beasley-Blondie), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1907-07-04 Elliott Sullivan, actor (Sergeant), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1912-05-13 Helen Craig, actress (Snake Pit, They Live by Night), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1916-05-03 Henry Barbosa Gonzalez, (Rep-D-Tx, 1961-99 ), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2000)
  • 1919-04-23 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2008)
  • 1921-10-16 Matt Batts, MLB catcher (Red Sox), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1930-10-11 Sam Johnson, American politician (Rep-R-Texas), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1930-11-14 Edward H White II, Lt Col USAF/astronaut (Gemini 4), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1932-06-06 David R Scott, Col USAF/astronaut (Gem 8, Apol 9, 15), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1933-04-26 Carol Burnett, American comedian and actress (Annie, 4 Seasons), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1933-10-28 Suzy Parker, model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1935-08-20 Justin Tubb, country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1941-11-06 Doug Sahm, country singer (Texas Tornadoes-Dinero), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1942-08-26 John E Blaha, USAF/astronaut (STS 29, 33, 43, 58, 79/81), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1943-10-07 Oliver North, US colonel (Irangate), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1947-06-11 Henry Cisneros, first Hispanic to serve as mayor of a major U.S. city (San Antonio), later Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Clinton Administration
  • 1947-07-21 Wendell Burton, actor (Lucas-New Dick Van Dyke Show), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1949-11-25 Rita Jenrette, wife of Rep John Jenrette (D-SC), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955-01-17 Steve Earle, country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955-12-06 Tish Hinojosa, country singer (Something in the Rain), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1957-08-22 Holly Dunn, country singer (Daddy's Hands), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1957-10-23 Louann Fernald playmate (Jun, 1979), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1957-11-02 Rita Crockett, volleyball player (Olympic-silver-1984), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1964-01-31 Sharon Cain, team handball center back (Olympics-1996), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1964-02-07 Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
  • 1965-07-22 Shawn Michaels, [Mike Hickenbottom], wrestler (WWF/AWA), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1967-08-19 Tabitha Soren, MTV reporter (This Week in Rock), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1968-02-07 Ashely Allen, playmate (Aug, 1992), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1971-09-08 Henry Thomas, actor (ET), born in San Antonio, Texas

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

1902-02-11 US military leader George Marshall (22) weds Elizabeth Carter Coles in San Antonio, Texas

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall

HeartWedding of Interest

1991-12-16 NBA center David Robinson (26) weds Valerie Hoggatt at a Baptist church ceremony in San Antonio, Texas

NBA Center David Robinson
NBA Center
David Robinson
  • 2006-11-07 NASCAR racer Jeff Gordon (38) weds Belgian model and actress Ingrid Vandebosch (36) at the Hacienda de San Antonio Resort in Colima, Mexico
  • 2007-09-22 "Desperate Housewives" actor Ricardo Chavira (36) weds longtime girlfriend Marcea Dietzel in San Antonio, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • 1977-11-18 Victor Francen, actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89