On This Day

What Happened on December 31, 1981

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 Weddings

LovePerson of Interest

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

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia

Famous Deaths

  • Frantisek Chaun, Czech pianist, composer, painter, and actor, dies at 60
1981 Highlights

About December 31, 1981

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 39 years, 9 months and 21 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Capricorn