What Happened in December 1981

Historical Events

  • Dec 1 Yugoslavian charter flight crashes into Mont San-Pietro in Corsica, 180 killed
  • Dec 2 Fernando Valenzuela (Dodgers) wins NL Rookie of the Year
  • Dec 2 Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, opens at 11:30 AM
  • Dec 2 Spanish government requests membership of NATO
  • Dec 3 Beth Daniel/Tom Kite win LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • Dec 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 4 "Falcon Crest" premieres on CBS-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333) that allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 4 According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa
  • Dec 5 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern Cal (RB)
  • Dec 5 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 6 Rob de Castella of Australia sets Marathon record at 2:08:18
  • Dec 7 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
  • Dec 8 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 9 Porn star John Holmes charged with Laurel Canyon murders
  • Dec 10 -13] El Salvador army kills 900
  • Dec 10 Jules Feiffer's "Grownups" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 10 The United Nations General Assembly approves Pakistan's proposal for establishing nuclear free-zone in South Asia.
  • Dec 11 Argentine president/gen Roberto Viola flees

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 11 Muhammad Ali's 61st & last fight, losing to Trevor Berbick

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Dec 11 Spacelab I arrives at Kennedy Space Center
  • Dec 11 UN Secrity Council choses Javier Pérez de Cuélla of Peru as the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Dec 11 Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2
  • Dec 11 El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.
  • Dec 12 "1st" closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • Dec 12 Gambia & Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982
  • Dec 13 70th Davis Cup: USA beats Argentina in Cincinnati (3-1)
  • Dec 13 Poland's authoritarian communist government declares martial law and arrests Solidarity activists in a failed attempt to crush the opposition
  • Dec 14 Israel annexes Golan Heights (seized from Syria in war of 1967)
  • Dec 15 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 503
  • Dec 16 Dutch Van Agt's 2nd government falls
  • Dec 17 Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brig Gen James L Dozier
  • Dec 19 Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee, Cornwall, lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.
  • Dec 19 Romuald Spasowski, Polish ambassador to the United States defects to show support for the Solidarity movement amid a crackdown
  • Dec 20 Harry Krieger/Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances
  • Dec 20 Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) & most turnovers (10)
  • Dec 20 Doug Small (Winnipeg Jets) ties NHL record scoring at 5 second mark
  • Dec 21 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 OTs (NCAA record)
  • Dec 22 Argentine general Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president
  • Dec 22 Belgium's 5th government of Martens forms
  • Dec 23 Geoffrey Boycott becomes leading run-scorer in Test Cricket with 8033
  • Dec 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 26 One of the great day's Test Cricket at the MCG Australia v West Indies
  • Dec 27 Lillee becomes the leading wicket-taker in test cricket with 310

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Dec 27 Oiler Wayne Gretzky becomes fastest NHLer to get 100 pts (38th game)

Ice Hockey Great Wayne Gretzky
Ice Hockey Great
Wayne Gretzky
  • Dec 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 Cleveland Metroparks Administrative offices move from downtown to Zoo
  • Dec 28 Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98
  • Dec 28 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Dec 30 Wayne Gretzky sets NHL record of 50 goals by 39th game of season
  • Dec 31 CNN Headline News debuts
  • Dec 31 Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
  • Dec 31 Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestPerson of Interest

Dec 2 Britney Spears, American popstar ("Baby One More Time," "Oops! ...I did it again" and "I'm A Slave 4 U"), born in McComb, Mississippi

Pop Star Britney Spears
Pop Star
Britney Spears
  • Dec 2 Danijel Pranjić, Croatian football player plays for SC Heerenveen
  • Dec 3 Brian Bonsall, actor (Family Ties, Star Trek Next Generation)
  • Dec 3 Ioannis Amanatidis, Greek footballer
  • Dec 3 David Villa, Spanish footballer
  • Dec 3 Tyjuan Hagler, American football player
  • Dec 5 Leila Tong, Hong Kong actress
  • Dec 8 Jeremy Accardo, American baseball player
  • Dec 8 Philip Rivers, American football player
  • Dec 9 Mardy Fish, American tennis player
  • Dec 9 Diya Mirza, Indian actress
  • Dec 10 Fábio Rochemback, Brazilian footballer
  • Dec 10 Ryan Pini, Papua New Guinea swimmer
  • Dec 10 Taufik Batisah, Singaporean singer
  • Dec 11 Javier Saviola, Argentine footballer
  • Dec 11 Hamish Blake, Australian comedian
  • Dec 11 Paul Medhurst, Australian rules footballer
  • Dec 11 Zacky Vengeance, American musician (Avenged Sevenfold)
  • Dec 12 Pedro Ríos, Spanish footballer
  • Dec 12 Ronnie Brown, American football player
  • Dec 12 Shane Costa, American baseball player
  • Dec 12 Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier
  • Dec 12 Yuvraj Singh, Indian cricketer
  • Dec 12 Stephen Warnock, English footballer
  • Dec 13 Chelsea Hertford, actress (Major Dad)
  • Dec 13 Amy Lee, American singer/songwriter (Evanescence)
  • Dec 14 Emilie Heymans, Canadian diver
  • Dec 14 Amber Chia, Malaysian model and actress
  • Dec 14 Johnny Jeter, American professional wrestler
  • Dec 14 Shaun Marcum, American baseball player
  • Dec 14 Liam Lawrence, English footballer
  • Dec 15 Andy González, Puerto Rican baseball player
  • Dec 15 Roman Pavlyuchenko, Russian football player
  • Dec 15 Najoua Belyzel, French singer
  • Dec 15 Brendan Fletcher, Canadian actor
  • Dec 15 Thomas Herrion, American football player (d. 2005)
  • Dec 15 Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister
  • Dec 16 Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)
  • Dec 16 Flo Rida, American rapper
  • Dec 16 Anna Sedokova, Ukrainian singer
  • Dec 16 Gareth Williams, Scottish footballer
  • Dec 17 Emma Laaksonen, ice hockey defenseman (Finland, Oly-98)
  • Dec 19 Stevie Ficker, Miss Oregon Teen USA (1997)
  • Dec 20 Roy Williams, American football player, born in Odessa, Texas
  • Dec 20 James Shields, American baseball player
  • Dec 20 Chris Edwards, British musician (Kasabian)
  • Dec 21 Cristian Zaccardo, Italian football player
  • Dec 21 Frankie Abernathy, American actress, The Real World: San Diego (d. 2007)
  • Dec 21 Sajid Mahmood, English cricketer
  • Dec 21 Lynda Thomas, Mexican singer
  • Dec 23 Yuriorkis Gamboa, Cuban boxer
  • Dec 23 Beth [Elisabeth Rodergas Cols], Spanish singer and actress, born in Súria, Catalonia
  • Dec 24 Dima Bilan, Karachay-Russian pop artist
  • Dec 25 Katie Wright, American actress
  • Dec 25 Willy Taveras, baseball player
  • Dec 27 Emilie de Ravin, Australian actress
  • Dec 27 Javine, British singer
  • Dec 28 Elizabeth Jordan Carr, 1st American test tube baby, born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Dec 28 Khalid Boulahrouz, Dutch footballer
  • Dec 28 Mika Väyrynen, Finnish footballer
  • Dec 28 Sienna Miller, British actress
  • Dec 30 Ali Al Habsi, Omani footballer
  • Dec 30 Michael Rodríguez, Costa Rican footballer
  • Dec 30 Matt Ulrich, American football player
  • Dec 31 Jason Campbell, American football player
  • Dec 31 Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Astronaut Chris Hadfield (22) weds high-school girlfriend Helene Walter

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
Chris Hadfield
  • Dec 24 Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa & Lisa Evers marry

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 2 Hershy Kay, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 2 Nicolaas "Cola" Debrot, gov of Dutch Antilles (1962-70), dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86
  • Dec 3 Walter Knott, American farmer (b. 1889)
  • Dec 8 Shakey, [Walter Horton], harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin'), dies at 64
  • Dec 9 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • Dec 9 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • Dec 10 John Kieran, TV host (Information Please), dies at 89
  • Dec 13 Cornelius Cardew, English composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • Dec 13 Pigmeat Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • Dec 18 Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide
  • Dec 20 Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)
  • Dec 21 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • Dec 26 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • Dec 26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • Dec 27 Hoagy Carmichael, US actor/songwriter (Stardust), dies at 82
  • Dec 28 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • Dec 29 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
  • Dec 31 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60