December 1981 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Yugoslavian charter flight crashes into Mont San-Pietro in Corsica, 180 killed
  • Dec 2 Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, opens at 11:30 AM
  • Dec 2 Spanish government requests membership of NATO
  • Dec 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 4 According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa
  • Dec 5 France performs nuclear test
  • 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
  • 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 El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.
  • Dec 12 Gambia & Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982
  • 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 Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) & most turnovers (10)
  • Dec 22 Argentine general Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president
  • Dec 22 Belgium's 5th government of Martens forms
  • Dec 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • 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 31 Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
  • Dec 31 Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 11 Paul Medhurst, Australian rules footballer
  • Dec 12 Jeret Peterson, American aerial skier
  • Dec 15 Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister
  • Dec 16 Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)
  • Dec 24 Dima Bilan, Karachay-Russian pop artist
  • Dec 28 Elizabeth Jordan Carr, 1st American test tube baby, born in Norfolk, Virginia

Weddings in History


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

Deaths in History

  • 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 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • Dec 18 Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide
  • Dec 26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • Dec 29 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)