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September 14 in San Antonio history...

1976
A “hammer-like” gust of wind topples a wall of the partially-demolished Household Furniture Building at St. Mary’s and Commerce Streets, injuring six people, scattering debris over Commerce Street and shattering the doors of the Alamo Bank Building nearby.

1985
A Southern Pacific train derails on a trestle near Macdona and dumps 42,000 gallons of highly toxic sulfuric acid into the Medina River.  The acid wipes out much of the river’s fish.   Within a day of the spill, railway officials add lime to the river in a move to neutralize the acid but add too much and compound the problem.  State game and fish officials estimate the monetary loss of the fish alone at $119,808.40.

1989
The newly renovated Majestic Theater reopens with a combined performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony performed by the San Antonio Symphony and the Mastersingers.  This marks the beginning of the Symphony’s 50th season.

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