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April 12 in San Antonio history...

1793
Mission San Antonio de Valero (today known as “The Alamo”) is secularized by decree.

1940
The mayor, desiring further to streamline the city government, has entered into negotiations for the purchase of the Smith-Young Tower.  The Don is of the opinion that the entire city government would be centered there if the deal goes through and would include the fire department and police headquarters.

1946
Duke Ellington and his orchestra play a concert in Sunken Garden Theater. (right)

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