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August 27 in San Antonio history...

August 27 in San Antonio history...

1883
Hugo & Schmeltzer’s store at Commerce and Navarro streets is destroyed by fire when two young men in the basement were transferring alcohol from a barrel to other containers while standing too near an open flame.  The barrel exploded and burned them severely.  The firemen managed to save Groos Bank and Hannig & Standen’s furniture store.

1958
The imported fire ant relentlessly continues a spreading invasion on San Antonio. During the past four months the ants have infested an additional 1,600 acres since they were discovered covering a 3,500 acre tracer in the southern part of the city.

1976
Elvis Presley plays the Convention Center Arena for his final San Antonio appearance.  He will die less than a year later on August 16, 1977.

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