On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

  • CNN Headline News debuts
  • Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
  • Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000

Famous Birthdays

  • Jason Campbell, American football player, born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player, born in Adelaide, Australia

Famous Deaths

  • Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60