On This Day

What Happened on September 12, 1940

Day of the Week: Thursday

Article: Dog Unearths Cave of Antiquity

Historical Events

  • 49 die & 200 injured when Hercules Powder Co plant explodes (NJ)
  • Four teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux, France discover 17,000 year old drawings now known as the Lascaux Cave Paintings
  • Italian troops enter Egypt

Famous Birthdays

  • Linda Gray, American actress (Sue Ellen Ewing-Dallas), born in Santa Monica, California
  • Mickey Lolich, American pitcher (Detroit Tiger, won 25 in 1971), born in Portland, Oregon
  • Patrick Mower, English actor (Emmerdale), born in Oxford, England
  • Roger K. Crouch, American astronaut (STS 83, 94), born in Jamestown, Tennessee
  • Stephen Solarz, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), born in NYC, New York (d. 2010)
  • Wayne McLaren, American stuntman, rodeo performer, model and actor best known for playing the Marlboro Man and for dying of lung cancer, born in Lake Charles, Louisiana (d. 1992)