On This Day

What Happened on December 11, 1981

Historical Events

  • Argentine President General Roberto Viola flees
  • El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.

Sport defeatBoxing Title Fight

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali's 61st and last fight; loses to Trevor Berbick by unanimous decision in 10 rounds at Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, Nassau, Bahamas

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Muhammad Ali
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Muhammad Ali
  • Spacelab I arrives at Kennedy Space Center
  • UN Security Council chooses Javier Pérez de Cuélla of Peru as the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations
  • Wash Capitals biggest margin of victory (9) beating Toronto 11-2

Famous Birthdays

  • Hamish Blake, Australian comedian, born in Melbourne, Australia
  • Javier Saviola, Argentine footballer, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Paul Medhurst, Australian rules footballer, born in Western Australia, Australia
  • Zacky Vengeance [Baker], American rock guitarist (Avenged Sevenfold), born in Olympia, Washington

Famous Deaths

  • I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), dies at 81
1981 Highlights

About December 11, 1981

Day of the Week: Friday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 7 months and 20 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Sagittarius