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 This day in History - December 31
466 Historic Events for December 31
1980

Raoul Walsh, US director (High Sierra), dies at about 88

Death
1980

Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for Eng, legendary 6-hitter), dies

Death
1981

Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60

Death
1981

CNN Headline News debuts

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1981

Lt Jerry Rawlings becomes head of Ghana, suspends constitution

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1981

Netherlands unemployment stands at record 475,000

Event
1982

CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years

Event
1982

NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features

Event
1982

TV soap "Doctors" ends 19 year run

Event
1983

Frank Link, actor (Burns and Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46

Death
1983

Bill Hunt, cricketer (Test for Aust, out 0, took 0-25 and 0-14), dies

Death
1983

Jos‚ Happart installed as mayor of Voeren Belgium

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1983

Brunei gains complete independence from Britain

Event
1983

Nigeria's National Assembly dissolves after military coup

Event
1984

Rajiv Gandhi takes office as India's 6th PM succeeds his mom, Indira

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1984

US leaves UNESCO

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1984

Test Cricket debut of Mohammad Azharuddin, v England at Calcutta

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1984

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash

Event
1984

NYC subway gunman Bernhard Goetz surrenders to police in NH

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1985

Sam Spiegel, Academy Award winning producer (Betrayal), dies at 84

Death
1985

Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies

Death
1985

Rick Nelson, singer/actor (Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 45

Death
1986

Lloyd Haynes, actor (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies at 54

Death
1986

Lester Albert Trimble, composer, dies at 63

Death
1986

WIS-AM in Columbia SC changes call letters to WVOC (now WOMG)

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