On This Day

What Happened on September 12, 1940

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)
1940 Highlights

About September 12, 1940

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 81 years, 1 month and 15 days
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Virgo