On This Day

December 1981 in History

Events in History

  • Dec 1 Yugoslavian charter flight crashes into Mont San-Pietro in Corsica, 180 killed
  • Dec 2 Moscone Convention Center, San Francisco, opens at 11:30 AM
  • Dec 2 Spanish government requests membership of NATO
  • Dec 3 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 4 Reagan Executive Order on Intelligence (No 12333) that allows CIA to engage in domestic counter-intelligence

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 4 According to South Africa, Ciskei gains independence. Not recognized as an independent country outside South Africa.
  • Dec 5 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 7 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
  • Dec 8 France performs nuclear test
  • Dec 9 Porn star John Holmes charged with Laurel Canyon murders
  • Dec 10 -13] El Salvador army kills 900
  • Dec 10 Jules Feiffer's "Grownups" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 10 The United Nations General Assembly approves Pakistan's proposal for establishing nuclear free-zone in South Asia.
  • Dec 11 Argentine President General Roberto Viola flees
  • Dec 11 Spacelab I arrives at Kennedy Space Center
  • Dec 11 UN Security Council chooses Javier Pérez de Cuélla of Peru as the 5th Secretary-General of the United Nations

  • Dec 11 El Mozote massacre: Salvadoran armed forces kill an estimated 900 civilians in an anti-guerrilla campaign during the country's civil war.
  • Dec 12 Gambia & Senegal sign agreement to be known as Senegambia in Feb 1982
  • Dec 13 Poland's authoritarian communist government declares martial law and arrests Solidarity activists in a failed attempt to crush the opposition
  • Dec 14 Israel annexes Golan Heights (seized from Syria in war of 1967)
  • Dec 15 NASA launches Intelsat V satellite, no. 503
  • Dec 16 Dutch Van Agt's 2nd government falls
  • Dec 17 Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brigadier General James L Dozier
  • Dec 19 Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee, Cornwall, lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.
  • Dec 19 Romuald Spasowski, Polish ambassador to the United States defects to show support for the Solidarity movement amid a crackdown
  • Dec 20 Browns set team records for most fumbles (9) & most turnovers (10)
  • Dec 22 Argentine general Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president
  • Dec 22 Belgium's 5th government of Martens forms
  • Dec 24 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 27 USSR performs nuclear test at Eastern Kazakh/Semipalitinsk USSR
  • Dec 28 Cleveland Metroparks Administrative offices move from downtown to Zoo
  • Dec 28 Warner-Elektra-Atlantic raises price of 45 records from $1.68 to $1.98
  • Dec 28 1st American test-tube baby, Elizabeth Jordan Carr is born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • Dec 31 Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution
  • Dec 31 Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000

Birthdays in History

  • Dec 11 Paul Medhurst, Australian rules footballer, born in Western Australia, Australia
  • Dec 15 Creighton Lovelace, American Baptist minister
  • Dec 16 Took Leng How, Malaysian criminal (d. 2006)
  • Dec 28 Elizabeth Jordan Carr, 1st American test tube baby, born in Norfolk, Virginia

Weddings in History


LoveWedding of Interest

Dec 23 Astronaut Chris Hadfield (22) weds high-school girlfriend Helene Walter

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut
Chris Hadfield
  • Dec 24 Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa & Lisa Evers marry

Deaths in History

  • Dec 2 Cola, Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86

Person of interestWalter Knott

Dec 3 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
  • Dec 9 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • Dec 17 Edwin Erich Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov), dies at 83
  • Dec 18 Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide
  • Dec 26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • Dec 29 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)