Vol MMXIII, No 363
December 28, 1980
Thousands welcome Oilers home from Oakland
75,000 at the Astrodome
On this date in 1980, the Houston Oilers, with Bum Phillips as Coach, and Earl Campbell as the NFL's leading rusher, were eliminated from the NFL playoffs, losing to the Oakland Raiders, 34-7 at Oakland.
When the team arrived home to the Astrodome, 55,000 fans inside the dome and another 20,000 outside revelled for their hometown team. Despite being eliminated, Bum Phillips, Earl Campbell, Ken Stabler, Mike Barber, Mike Renfro, Rob Carpenter and the rest of the team were greeted as hometown heros.
Three days later, Bum Phillips was fired.
Feds take control of the nation's Railroads
Due to National Security at the onset of the European War (World War I), the Federal Government on this date in 1917, took control of all the Nation's railroads. Following the war, the government slowly returned control to the private railroads, Southern Pacific being the first. Southern Pacific then purchased 87 per cent of the Saint Louis and Southwestern Railroad (the Cotton Belt Route).