On This Day

What Happened on December 2, 1981

Historical Events

  • American 1,500m record holder Steve Scott sets record for fastest round of golf played on a regulation course; posts a 92, completing 18 holes in 29:33.05s at Miller GC in Anaheim, California
  • Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, opens at 11:30 AM

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela
Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher
Fernando Valenzuela
  • Spanish government requests membership of NATO

Famous Birthdays


Person of interestBritney Spears

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

Famous Deaths

  • Cola, Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, dies at 79
  • Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86
1981 Highlights

About December 2, 1981

Day of the Week: Wednesday
How Long Ago? 38 years, 11 months and 23 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Sagittarius