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February 8 in San Antonio history...

1868Feb. 8, 1868 002
Today’s edition of the San Antonio Express newspaper (right) features a photograph pasted to the front page of each copy.  The photograph, called a homeograph, is a reproduction of a line drawing entitled “Answer of the Germans to the Above”, referencing the article above the photo.  Both the line drawing and the homeograph are creations of Carl G. Von Iwonski of San Antonio.  This is arguably the first photograph to appear in a newspaper anywhere.

1968
TV’s Channel 12 is purchased by the Out Let Company of Providence, RI and changes call letters from KONO-TV to KSAT.

1973
An Amtrak train derails after crashing into a flat car which had derailed from a freight train moments before.  After the crash, all three Amtrak engines derailed, plunging down an embankment and onto Austin Street. The passenger train, The Sunset Limited, was Los Angeles bound.  The lead locomotive nearly crashed into a building, damaging an automobile nearby.

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