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July 7 in San Antonio history

1946
A hearing has been set for 10 a.m. tomorrow in Corporation Court for Jimmy Johnson, owner of Playland Park, for defying the polio ban on children 15 years and younger.  Court attachés say that Charles Haltom, city prosecutor, has been unable to find any law under which Johnson can be prosecuted, however.

1961
Eric Brendler, manager of Interstate’s Broadway theater, advises that 178 sets of twins, ranging from 5 to 65 years, responded to the newspaper announcement that the town’s twins would be admitted free to see Walt Disney’s “The Parent Trap” on opening day. The picture is now going into a second week.

1976
The huge B-52 aircraft that launched most of the X-15 rockets in pioneer United States space efforts arrived at Kelly Air Force Base today for modifications that will make it useful in the 1979 space shuttle and the Pioneer-Venus programs. No. 0008 is the oldest of the B-52 aircraft still flying. The plane will undergo $272,000 worth of maintenance and updating inspection at Kelly, an Air Force spokesman said. Officials said the B-52 would be instrumental in preparing for the space shuttle by taking the shuttle craft up 100,000 feet (27 miles) and jettisoning two engines of the craft to float to earth under 120-feet diameter parachutes.

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