On This Day

What Happened on December 20, 1981

Historical Events

  • Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) & most turnovers (10)
  • Harry Krieger and Tom Eyen's musical "Dreamgirls" opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances
  • Winnipeg left wing Doug Smail sets NHL record by scoring just 4 seconds into Jets' 5-4 win over the St Louis Blues; fastest goal from opening face-off to back of net in history; later tied by Bryan Trottier and Alex Mogilny

Famous Birthdays

  • Chris Edwards, British rock bassist (Kasabian), born in England
  • James Shields, American baseball player, born in Santa Clarita, California
  • Roy Williams, American football player (Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys), born in Odessa, Texas

Famous Deaths

  • Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)
1981 Highlights

About December 20, 1981

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 10 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Sagittarius