What Happened on December 19, 1981

Day of the Week: Saturday

Historical Events

  • Romuald Spasowski, Polish ambassador to the United States defects to show support for the Solidarity movement amid a crackdown
  • Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee, Cornwall, lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.

Famous Birthdays

  • Stevie Ficker, Miss Oregon Teen USA (1997)