On This Day for 12th September

Historical Events

  • 1758 French astronomer Charles Messier mistakenly identifies the Crab Nebula so begins his Messier Catalogue
  • 1910 United States' 1st female cop (on record), Alice Stebbins Wells, appointed (LAPD)
  • 1933 Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives the idea of the nuclear chain reaction.
  • 1940 4 teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux France discover 17,000-year-old drawings now known as Lascaux Cave Paintings
  • 1958 US Supreme Court orders Little Rock Ark high school to integrate
  • 1959 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on Moon

Did You Know?

1st submarine publicly tested in London on the Thames before James I

On September 12th, 1624

Famous Weddings

  • 1812 Revolutionary leader Jose de San Martin (33) weds María de los Remedios de Escalada at Buenos Aires Cathedral in Argentina
  • 1840 Composer Robert Schumann marries Clara Wieck
  • 1846 Poet and playwright Robert Browning (34) weds fellow poet Elizabeth Barrett (40) at Marylebone Church in London
  • 1908 Politician Winston Churchill marries Clementine Hozier
  • 1923 Actor Spencer Tracy (23) weds Louise Treadwell (26) in Cincinnati, Ohio