Trinity University junior, Louise Locker, (along with Santa Claus) stays out until “two or three in the morning” delivering over 200 presents and a Christmas trees to needy San Antonio children who had written letters – and so becomes known as Elf Louise.
The Houston Oilers defeat the Miami Dolphins, 17-9, for their first playoff win since 1961. Houston quarterback Dan Pastorini is 20 of 29 for 306 yards and a touchdown. In the game, Pastorini is the first quarterback to wear a “flak jacket” to protect his cracked ribs. The jacket was invented by inventor Byron Donzis (right) who was born in San Antonio.
The Great Plains Cold Wave reaches San Antonio, setting a new record low temperature for the date at 15 degrees. Six more record low temperatures would be set over the next week due to the cold snap.