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July 4 in San Antonio history...

1894
An immense U.S. flag has been draped from the balcony of San Antonio’s City Hall to mark the Fourth of July because it was too big to be raised on the city’s flagpole.

1946
Despite being arrested yesterday for violating the city’s polio ban, James F. “Jimmie” Johnson, owner of Playland Park, said that he would open again today.  The city’s ban prohibits children under 14 from attending public places.  Johnson said, “I told [them] that I have been and am willing to co-operate as long as the ban is enforced downtown and in other places.  But, I also told them that I was not going to be the victim of discrimination and permit myself to be the only one to stay closed.”

1989
476 properties are foreclosed today on the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse, the most significant of which was The Republic of Texas Plaza (formerly First RepublicBank Plaza) which contains the facade of the Texas Theater along Houston Street.  NCNB bought the note on the building for $15 million on a $70 million note.  Also, Bexar Savings foreclosed on a 158-acre tract of land near the future Opryland USA theme park at Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 West (now Six Flags Fiesta Texas.)  The original note was for $27.57 million and Bexar Savings purchased it for $10.63 million.

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