December 1981 calendar

December 1981

Learn the most interesting events and historical facts that happened in December 1981.
The US president was Ronald Reagan (Republican), the UK Prime Minister was Margaret Thatcher (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

But much more happened on December 1981: find out below


Historical Events

Which were the important events of December 1981?


  • 01 Dec 1981 180 dies as Yugoslav DC-9 jetliner slams into a mountain
  • 02 Dec 1981 Spanish government requests membership in NATO.
  • 03 Dec 1981 Beth Daniel / Tom Kite wins LPGA J C Penney Golf Classic
  • 04 Dec 1981 Falcon Crest premieres on CBS-TV
  • 05 Dec 1981 47th Heisman Trophy Award: Marcus Allen, Southern California (RB).
  • 06 Dec 1981 Rob de Castella of Australia sets marathon record at 2:08:18.
  • 07 Dec 1981 Spain becomes a member of the NATO
  • 08 Dec 1981 The No. 21 Mine explosion in Whitwell, Tennessee kills 13.
  • 09 Dec 1981 Porn star John Holmes charged with Laurel Canyon murders
  • 10 Dec 1981 During the Ministerial Session of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Spain signs the Protocol of Accession to NATO.
  • 11 Dec 1981 Argentine President / General Roberto Viola flees
  • 12 Dec 1981 1st closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC after 37 performances
  • 13 Dec 1981 Polish government declares martial law, arrests Solidarity activists
  • 14 Dec 1981 Arab-Israeli conflict: Israel's Knesset passes The Golan Heights Law, extending Israeli law to the area of the Golan Heights.
  • 15 Dec 1981 4th Emmy Sports Award presentation
  • 17 Dec 1981 Members of Red Brigades kidnap Brigadier General James L Dozier
  • 19 Dec 1981 Sixteen lives are lost when the Penlee lifeboat goes to the aid of the stricken coaster Union Star in heavy seas.
  • 20 Dec 1981 Dreamgirls opens at Imperial Theater NYC for 1522 performances
  • 21 Dec 1981 Cincinnati beats Bradley 75-73 in 7 overtimes (NCAA record).
  • 22 Dec 1981 Argentine General Leopoldo Galtieri sworn in as president.
  • 24 Dec 1981 Guardian Angels Curtis Sliwa and Lisa Evers marry
  • 28 Dec 1981 Cleveland Metroparks Administrative offices move from downtown to Zoo
  • 30 Dec 1981 In the 39th game of his 3rd NHL season Wayne Gretzky scores 5 goals giving him 50 on the year setting a new NHL record previously held by Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy who earlier had each scored 50 goals in 50 games.
  • 31 Dec 1981 CNN Headline News debuts.
  • 01 Dec 1981 Inex-Adria Aviopromet Flight 1308, a McDonnell Douglas MD-80, crashes in Corsica, killing all 180 people on board.
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Music charts

Which were the top hits in December 1981?
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Top #5 songs in the USA

  1. - Physicalyoutube
  2. - Waiting For A Girl Like You
  3. - Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  4. - Let's Groove
  5. - Oh No

Top #5 songs in the UK

  1. - Under Pressure
  2. - Don't You Want Meyoutube
  3. - The Land Of Make Believe
  4. - Begin The Beguine (Volver A Empezar)
  5. - Daddy's Home


Which were the most popular Movies released in that month?


Which were the most popular books released in December 1981?

Spring Moon by Bette Bao Lord

Spring Moon


In a time of mystery, an ancient land full of stunning beauty and exotic surprises...a brave woman triumphs over the ultimate tragedy of her world.

The Best Of Dear Abby by Abigail Van Buren

The Best Of Dear Abby


This compilation includes the most provocative and wisest questions, as well as the wittiest and wisest answers that have appeared in Dear Abby's thirty-three year history of syndication.

Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith

Gorky Park


"Brilliant . . . enough enigmas in enigmas in enigmas to reel in the mind."-The New YorkerTriple murder at Moscow amusement center: Three corpses were found frozen in snow. Faces

The Cinderella Complex by Colette Dowling

The Cinderella Complex


This article discusses the psychological need of many women for someone to take care of them and for women to learn how to get out of this dependency.

Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly by David Niven

Go Slowly, Come Back Quickly


Niven, a movie star, has displayed his talent for making farcical, ribald jokes in Bring on the Empty Horses, and The Moon's a Balloon. This novel also has its fair share wartime/Hollywood anecdotes.