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July 4 in San Antonio history

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.”

1954
Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson, stopping in San Antonio to visit his son, Chapman, at Lackland AFB, will deliver an address Sunday morning at Jefferson High School.

1963
The City Planning Commission detailed plans for a traffic loop encircling the central business district of San Antonio and an outer loop encircling the county.

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