Santa, along with cold and snowy weather, made for a typical December in 1972.

In national news, on Dec. 7, 1972, Apollo 17 was launched from Cape Kennedy as the last manned trip to the moon.

Also, screening of all passengers and carry-on luggage for the airline industry was announced in early December, to be implemented in all American airports by Jan. 5, 1973.

Locally, tragedy struck Chicago as United Airlines Flight 553 from Washington to Chicago crashed while attempting to land at Midway Airport.

This week's #TBT Gallery photos were taken in the Northwest suburbs and feature Santa visiting various malls and residents traversing in the snow.

Santa visits Des Plaines in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Youths make their way across a Rolling Meadows street to earn money shoveling for neighbors. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Santa visits Randhurst in Mt. Prospect in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
A pony stands in an Arlington Heights field. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Despite cold temperatures in December of 1972, construction continues on a Buffalo Grove house. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
A car travels along an Elk Grove road in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
An overnight ice storm challenges Elk Grove tree branches in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
A snowscape in Arlington Heights in December of 1972 Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Christmas cards rest on a mantle in Wheeling. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Holiday cards are on display in Wheeling. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Santa visits Randhurst in Mt. Prospect in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Barry Sigale puts on his Santa beard in Mt. Prospect in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Santa makes his way along an Elk Grove street. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Snow is cleared for pedestrians in downtown Arlington Heights. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Santa visits an Arlington Heights bank in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
A Lady Santa talks with a Rolling Meadows youth in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Two young girls mail a letter to Santa from Rolling Meadows in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Daily Herald File photo, 1972A man uses his snowblower in Arlington Heights in December of 1972.
Santa makes his way along an Elk Grove street. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Santa has lunch with the Wheeling Jaycees. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Santa stands by his Schaumburg mailbox in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
A man shovels his Elk Grove sidewalk in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Rear wheel drive cars slowly make their way up a Schaumburg road in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Cars line up on an icy Schaumburg road in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
A young boy mails a letter to Santa from Palatine. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Wheeling children enjoy a conversation with Santa in December of 1972. Daily Herald File photo, 1972
Santa announces his arrival in Schaumburg. Daily Herald File photo, 1972