What Happened on December 2, 1981

Historical Events

  • Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, opens at 11:30 AM

Sports History

Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela becomes 3rd consecutive LA Dodgers player to be named National League Rookie of the Year; Rick Sutcliffe 1979, Steve Howe 1980

  • Spanish government requests membership of NATO
1981 History

Famous Birthdays

Britney SpearsBritney Spears (41 years old)

American popstar ("Baby One More Time"; "Oops! ...I Did It Again"; "I'm A Slave 4 U"), born in McComb, Mississippi

  • Danijel Pranjić, Croatian soccer wingback (58 caps; SC Heerenveen), born in Našice, Croatia
Born in 1981

Famous Deaths

  • Alexis Kagame, Rwandan philosopher, historian, poet and Tutsi intellectual and cultural leader, dies at 69
  • Herman Jan Scheltema [NEM Pareau], Dutch jurist and poet, dies at 74
  • Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • Wallace Harrison, American architect (Metropolitan Opera House, United Nations complex), dies at 86

About December 2, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 6 months and 8 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Music Charts

  • US #1 Song: Physical - Olivia Newton-John
  • UK #1 Song: Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar) - Julio Iglesias