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August 25 in San Antonio history...

1852
St. Mary’s Institute (now University) is founded near San Fernando with 12 male students.

1939
A Communist rally at Municipal Auditorium turns into a riot when a crowd of 5,000 stone-throwing citizens converges on the building.

1979
The San Antonio Light reports that the Polish American Priests Association sent a letter two days ago inviting Pope John Paul II to visit Panna Maria, about 55 miles south of San Antonio, to celebrate its 125th anniversary as the first Polish community in Texas.  “Why wouldn’t he accept?” asked Msgr. Erwin Juraschek president of the association.  “After all… he’s Polish.”

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