What Happened on December 31, 1981

Historical Events

  • CNN Headline News cable TV channel debuts in US
  • Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
  • Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000
1981 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Jason Campbell, American football player, born in Laurel, Mississippi
  • Matthew Pavlich, Australian football player, born in Adelaide, Australia
Born in 1981

Famous Weddings

Sonny Bono

American entertainer Sonny Bono (46) weds (his third time) American actress-model Susie Coelho (28); divorce in 1984

Jerry Garcia

Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia (38) weds Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams (35); divorce in 1994

Famous Deaths

  • Frantisek Chaun, Czech pianist, composer, painter, and actor, dies at 60

About December 31, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 41 years, 9 months and 3 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn

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