SEPTEMBER 12th ~ This Day in History video by History.com ~ 1940 : Lascaux cave paintings discovered | & more about history on this day in the video… Near Montignac, France, a collection of prehistoric cave paintings were discovered by 4 teenagers who stumbled upon the ancient artwork after following their dog into a cavern. The 15,000 to 17,000 year old paintings, consisting mainly of animal representations, were among the finest examples of art from the Upper Paleolithic period.

MAJOR EVENTS iN HiSTORY ON THiS DAY ~ SEPTEMBER 12th …see the timeline below for more details, births & events…

PEOPLE BORN ON THiS DAY ~ SEPTEMBER 12th …in production …see the timeline below for more details & more events…

DEATHS ON THiS DAY ~ SEPTEMBER 12th ..in production …see the timeline below for more details & more events…


1609 ~ Henry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson River while aboard the Halve Maen.

1848 ~ Switzerland became a Federal state.

1885 ~ A world record scoreline in professional Association football; Arbroath 36–0 Bon Accord.

1890 ~ Salisbury, Rhodesia, was founded.

1906 ~ The Newport Transporter Bridge was opened in Newport, South Wales by Viscount Tredegar.

1919 ~ Adolf Hitler joins the German Workers’ Party (later the Nazi Party).

1940 ~ Cave paintings were discovered in Lascaux, France.

1953 ~ U.S. Senator and future President John Fitzgerald Kennedy married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church in Newport, Rhode Island.

1958 ~ Jack Kilby demonstrated the first integrated circuit.

1959 ~ Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color.

1959 ~ The Soviet Union launched Lunik II, a large rocket, to the moon.

1964 ~ Canyonlands National Park was designated as a National Park.

1966 ~ Gemini 11 was launched

1983 ~ A Wells Fargo depot in West Hartford, Connecticut, United States, was robbed of about US$7 million by Los Macheteros.

1984 ~ Dwight Gooden set the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score in 1954. Gooden’s 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record.

1988 ~ Hurricane Gilbert devastated Jamaica, then turned towards Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula 2 days later, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage.

1992 ~ NASA launched Space Shuttle Endeavour on STS-47 which marked the 50th shuttle mission. On board were Mae Carol Jemison, the 1st African-American woman in space, Mamoru Mohri, the 1st Japanese citizen to fly in a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the 1st married couple in space.

1994 ~ Frank Eugene Corder crashed a single-engine Cessna 150 into the White House’s south lawn, striking the West wing and killing himself.

2001 ~ Ansett Australia, aka Australia’s first commercial interstate airline, collapsed due to increased strain on the international airline industry, leaving 10,000 people unemployed.

2003 ~ U.S. forces mistakenly shot and killed 8 Iraqi police officers inn Fallujah, during the Iraq War

2011 ~ The 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City opens to the public

..more in production