What Happened on September 12

Significant 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 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 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

  • 1981 "The Smurfs" animated cartoon series by Hanna-Barbera first broadcasts in North America

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 in what is believed to be the longest match in US Open history (5hr 26min)

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
  • 1892 61st UK Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin (25) weds writer and activist Lucy Ridsdale (23) in Rottingdean, England
  • 1908 Politician Winston Churchill marries Clementine Hozier

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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