On This Day

What Happened on December 3, 1981

Historical Events

  • US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Famous Birthdays

  • Brian Bonsall, actor (Family Ties, Star Trek Next Generation)
  • David Villa, Spanish soccer striker (98 caps; Valencia, Barcelona), born in Langreo, Spain
  • Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (undefeated world champion WBA super featherweight 2006-08; WBC lightweight 2009-10), born in Bolero Alto, Mérida, Venezuela (d. 2010)
  • Ioannis Amanatidis, Greek soccer forward and coach (35 caps; Eintracht Frankfurt), born in Kozani, Greece

Famous Deaths


Person of interestWalter Knott

Walter Knott, American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California and introduced the boysenberry to America, dies at 91

Farmer and Creator of Knott's Berry Farm Walter Knott
Farmer and Creator of Knott's Berry Farm
Walter Knott

1981 Highlights

About December 3, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 38 years, 11 months and 22 days
Leap Year: No

Generation Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Sagittarius