On This Day

What Happened on September 12

Important Events

  • 1758 French astronomer Charles Messier mistakenly identifies the Crab Nebula so begins his Messier Catalogue
  • 1909 World's first patent for synthetic rubber granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann
  • 1933 Leó Szilárd, waiting for a red light on Southampton Row in Bloomsbury, conceives idea of a nuclear chain reaction
  • 1940 Four teens, following their dog down a hole near Lascaux, France discover 17,000 year old drawings now known as the Lascaux Cave Paintings
  • 1958 US Supreme Court orders the all-white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas to integrate
  • 1959 Luna 2 launched by USSR; 1st spacecraft to impact on the Moon
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September 12 in Film & TV

September 12 in Music

  • 1910 Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony premieres in Munich with 1028 musicians

September 12 in Sport

  • 1992 Stefan Edberg beats Michael Chang 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 in the longest match in US Open history (5 hours, 26 minutes)

Did You Know?

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

On September 12, 1624


Would You Believe?

United States' 1st known female cop appointed, Alice Stebbins Wells by LAPD

On September 12, 1910

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

Famous Divorces

  • 1967 Actress Rosemary Clooney divorces actor José Ferrer for the second time after she found out his affair with Stella Magee
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