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 Major General Twiggs surrenders to Confederate Army in San Antonio, Texas (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 open debut NBA season with a 103-92 victory against interstate rival San Antonio Spurs at Reunion Arena

  • 1981-03-01 Houston Rockets guard Calvin Murphy misses a free throw in a 102-86 loss in San Antonio, ending his NBA record consecutive free throw streak at 78
  • 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 guard Alvin Robertson scores NBA's 2nd quadruple double-20 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists & 10 steals in 120-114 win over Phoenix Suns
  • 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

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1991-12-03 Hulk Hogan defeats the Undertaker at 'This Tuesday in Texas' at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio to become 4-time WWF champion

Professional Wrestler Hulk Hogan
Professional Wrestler
Hulk Hogan
  • 1993-05-15 Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas opens
  • 1995-02-21 CFL's Sacramento Gold Miners become San Antonio Texans

Sport awardNBA All-Star Game

1996-02-11 46th NBA All-Star Game, Alamodome, San Antonio, TX: East beats West, 129-118; MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls, F

Basketball Superstar Michael Jordan
Basketball Superstar
Michael Jordan
  • 2017-07-22 10 die in over-heated tractor-trailer in San Antonio, Texas in human-trafficking incident
  • 2018-04-02 80th NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Villanova defeats Michigan, 79–62; Wildcats guard Donte DiVincenzo 31 points
  • 2019-02-10 Sexual abuse investigation into US Southern Baptist churches reveals 400 church members implicated with over 700 victims, according to The Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News

Famous Birthdays

  • 1888-04-15 Florence Bates, American actress (Moon & Sixpence, Love Crazy, San Antonio), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1954)
  • 1888-08-05 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), born in Tienen, Flanders, Belgium (d. 1977)
  • 1895-08-16 Lucien Littlefield, American actor (Blondie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1902-08-07 Ann Harding, American actress (East is West, Janie), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1981)
  • 1904-12-08 Wilmer Allison, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1935), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1977)

Person of interestJoan Crawford

1905-03-23 Joan Crawford [Lucille Le Sueur], American actress (Mildred Pierce), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1977)

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • 1907-07-04 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1974)
  • 1912-05-13 Helen Craig, American actress (Snake Pit, They Live by Night), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1986)
  • 1915-05-25 Virginia "Ginny" Simms, American actress and singer (Night and Day, Kay Kyser Band), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1994)
  • 1916-05-03 Henry B. González, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (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)
  • 1922-07-31 Lucy Killea, American Californian politician who supported pro-choice, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1924-05-22 Rita Vidaurri, American Ranchera singer, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2019)
  • 1927-09-26 Robert Cade, American physician and inventor of Gatorade, born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2007)
  • 1928-10-27 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2002)
  • 1930-09-08 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, American Mexican media tycoon (Televisa) , born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 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, American USAF Colonel and 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, American model and actress (Chamber of Horrors), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2003)
  • 1933-12-15 Jesse Belvin, American rock vocalist (Mr Easy), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1960)
  • 1935-08-20 Justin Tubb, American country singer (Grand Ole Opry), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1998)
  • 1939-03-11 Leonardo "Flaco" Jiménez, American Tex-Mex accordionist, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1940-05-31 August "Augie" Meyers, American singer-songwriter, producer, and record label owner (Sir Douglas Quintet, Texas Tornados) born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1941-11-06 Doug Sahm, American musician (Sir Douglas Quintet; Texas Tornadoes), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1999)
  • 1942-08-20 Fred Norman, American baseball player (Cincinnati Reds), 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
  • 1942-10-10 James Marshall, American illustrator and author (George and Martha, The Stupids), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1992)
  • 1943-09-20 Tommy Nobis, American football linebacker (Atlanta Falcons), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2017)
  • 1943-10-07 Oliver North, American political commentator and retired US Marine (Iran–Contra), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1944-12-11 David Ashley White, American composer and educator, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1945-06-13 Whitley Strieber, American author (The Wolfen, The Hunger), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1945-10-02 Frank Tejeda, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 1997)
  • 1946-06-28 Robert Xavier Rodriguez, American classical composer, 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
  • 1950-09-08 Will Lee, American bassist (Late Show with David Letterman), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1951-05-03 Christopher Cross [Geppert], American singer-songwriter (Arthur's Theme, Sailing), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955-01-17 Steve Earle, American country singer (Guitar Town), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955-03-07 Tommy Kramer, American football player, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1955-12-06 Tish Hinojosa, American country singer (Something in the Rain), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1957-07-03 Danny Heep, American MLB outfielder, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1957-08-22 Holly Dunn, American country singer (Daddy's Hands), born in San Antonio, Texas (d. 2016)
  • 1958-04-13 Randy Piper, American heavy metal rocker (Wasp-Wildchild), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1958-11-10 Stephen Herek, American film director (Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1959-12-05 Shirley Furlong, American golfer (ANA Inspiration runner-up 1990), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1962-01-05 Danny Jackson, American baseball pitcher (Royals/Phillies/Cardinals), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1964-01-31 Sharon Cain, American team handball player (Olympics 1996), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1964-02-07 Gretchen Magers, Pittsburgh PA/San Antonio TX, tennis star
  • 1964-08-18 Edith Frost, American singer and songwriter, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1964-08-30 Stephen Baker, American NFL receiver (NY Giants), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1965-07-22 Shawn Michaels, [Mike Hickenbottom], wrestler (WWF/AWA), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1967-08-19 Tabitha Soren, American MTV reporter (This Week in Rock), born in San Antonio, Texas

Person of interestRobert Rodriguez

1968-06-20 Robert Rodriguez, American director (El Mariachi, Sin City, Grindhouse), born in San Antonio, Texas

  • 1969-08-07 Keith Cash, American NFL tight end (KC Chiefs, Oakland Raiders), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1970-11-29 Lamar Smith, NFL running back (Seattle Seahawks), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1971-04-09 Derwin Gray, NFL center (Indianapolis Colts), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1971-04-13 Charles "Bo" Outlaw, American NBA forward (LA Clippers, Orlando Magic), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1971-09-09 Henry Thomas, American actor (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1972-04-15 Vickie Johnson, American basketball guard and coach (WNBA All-Star 1999, 2001; NY Liberty; coach San Antonio Stars), born in Coushatta, Louisiana
  • 1973-05-06 Wendy Ward, American golfer (Women's PGA C'ship 2000-01 3rd), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1974-09-16 Julian Castro, American politician, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1982-07-19 Jared Padalecki, American actor (Supernatural), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1984-08-13 Boone Logan, American baseball player, born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1985-06-29 Quintin Demps, American football player (Philadelphia Eagles), born in San Antonio, Texas
  • 1990-08-05 Patrick Reed, American golfer (2018 Masters), born San Antonio, Texas

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding 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

LoveWedding 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, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89