Former Ziegfeld Girl Martha Mansfield, as Agatha Warren, is burned severely while filming the movie The Warrens of Virginia in Brackenridge Park. She is rushed to Physicians and Surgeons Hospital where she dies. It is determined that a match, carelessly tossed by a cast member, ignited her costume.
“Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas” airs on KENS Channel 5 at 8 p.m. after “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” Crosby recorded the Christmas special a little over a month before his death on Oct. 14, 1977. The highlight of the show is his duet with David Bowie on “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy.”
UTSA make its intercollegiate basketball debut against the defending SWC Champion Arkansas Razorbacks in Convention Center Arena. The Razorbacks crush the Roadrunners, 71-42. “It wasn’t something we can be proud of but it’s a start,” says UTSA coach Don Eddy after the game.