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12 Sept, 1940 Prehistoric Cave Paintings

1940 : The Lascaux prehistoric cave paintings are discovered by accident by teenagers searching for their dog in France, the paintings are believed to date back over 15,000 years and are considered to be some of the best examples of well-known Upper Paleolithic paintings dating back 16,000 years ever discovered.

12 Sept, 1922 England Rudyard Kipling

1922 : Rudyard Kipling the well known British writer and poet has made a statement to the New York Times giving an answer to critics that he never stated the United States only entered World War I for the gold it could gain and that Britain and the free world would always be in debt to America for it's help and assistance in World War I.

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12 Sept, 1930 Argentina Military Coup

1930 : Buenos Aires the capitol of Argentina is still in turmoil with mobs running through the streets after the President Irigoyen was overthrown by a military coup.

12 Sept, 1948 Spread of Polio Increases

1948 : The spread of Infantile Paralysis (Polio) is continuing to increase in many US States, only in the worst affected areas will schools continue to stay closed for public health reasons.

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From 1970s Fun History Quiz Page

Question 14

14. The Walt Disney World Resort opened in Florida in what year?

Question 15

15. During the 1972 Summer Olympics in what city were 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Arab gunmen?

Question 16

16. In what year did the United States return the Panama Canal to Panama?




12 Sept, 1953 JFK Marries Jackie

1953 : Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy of Massachusetts marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

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12 Sept, 1953 Soviet Union Nikita Khrushchev

September 12th, 1953 : Six months after the death of Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev succeeds him as first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

12 Sept, 1960 Hurricane Donna

1960 : Hurricane Donna one of the most destructive hurricanes seen for many years is pounding Eastern Long Island, New York with high winds and heavy rain causing widespread flooding and property damage and is expected to hit New England within a short time. Although schools in New York opened as usual for the first day of school many were closed early as the ferocity of the storm was realized. Many areas in Florida that were hit by Hurricane Donna have now been declared a major disaster area with an estimated 1/4 million homes still without electricity, Telephones and water. The final death toll is not known but it could well reach double figures once more of the homes that were destroyed can be checked.

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12 Sept, 1962 USA Will Land Man On Moon

1962 : In response to the progress made the the Soviet Union in the space race President John F. Kennedy announced that America will place a man on the moon and safely return him before the year 1970.

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12 Sept, 1970 Jordan Plane Hijack

1970 : Palestinian Guerrillas who have hijacked three aircraft in the desert, today blew up those aircraft at the airstrip, but stated the passengers were removed first so are still safe.

12 Sept, 1974 Ethiopia Emperor Haile Selassie

1974 : Emperor Haile Selassie who had been crowned "King of Kings of Ethiopia" in 1930 spending 5 years in exile from 1936 - 1941 is deposed by military coup.

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12 Sept, 1977 South Africa Steve Biko Killed

1977 : Steve Biko, a strong anti apartheid activist, was killed in an African prison while in police custody.

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12 Sept, 1979 Indonesia Earthquake

September 12th, 1979 : An earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia and although little damage was felt on the mainland it triggered a tidal wave that destroyed homes and left 8,000 people homeless on the remote island of Yapen.

12 Sept, 1980 U.S.A. Detroit

1980 : The latest census figures released for Detroit confirm what many have believed and confirmed the worst fears showing that the population of the city has decreased by 23% in just 10 years. Census figures are used to distribute Federal Aid and a decrease of 23% will mean a decrease in aid for the beleaguered city.

From 1940s Music and Hits Page

1940 - In The Mood - Glenn Miller (-) Maybe - The Ink Spots (-) Only Forever - Bing Crosby (-)

1941 - Maria Elena - Jimmy Dorsey (-) God Bless the Child - Billie Holiday (-) Take The ‘A’ Train - Duke Ellington (-)

1942 - White Christmas - Bing Crosby (-) Jingle, Jangle, Jingle - Kay Kyser (-) Stormy Weather - Lena Horne (-)

1943 - You’ll Never Know - Dick Haymes (-) Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers (-) Ration Blues - Louis Jordan (-) As Time Goes By - Vera Lynn (-) If I Had My Way - Kate Smith,

1944 - I’ll Walk Alone - Dinah Shore (-) This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie (-) Swinging On a Star - Bing Crosby (-)

1945 - Till The End of Time - Perry Como (-) Sentimental Journey - Les Brown (-) Rum & Coca Cola - The Andrews Sisters (-) Chickery Chick - Sammy Kaye (-) Lover Man - Billie Holiday,

1946 - Five Minutes More - Frank Sinatra (-) To Each His Own - The Ink Spots (-) Route 66 - Nat King Cole (-)

1947 - Open The Door, Richard! - Count Basie (-) Heartaches - Ted Weems (-) Ballerina - Vaughn Monroe (-)

1948 - Buttons & Bows - Dinah Shore (-) Nature Boy - Nat King Cole (-) It’s Magic - Doris Day (-) My Happiness - Ella Fitzgerald

1949 - La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf (-) Mule Train - Frankie Laine (-) Riders in the Sky - Vaughn Monroe (-) Lovesick Blues - Hank Williams


12 Sept, 1988 Jamaica Hurricane Gilbert

1988 : Hurricane Gilbert A category 5 hurricane with winds reaching 175 mph and the eye large enough to cover Jamaica causes destruction on a scale never before seen on the Island killing hundreds of people and damaging nearly 70% of the Islands homes.

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12 Sept, 1990 Australia Bungee Jumping Banned

1990 : Following a number of High Profile deaths and many other injuries the activity known as Bungee Jumping has been banned in Australia.

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12 Sept, 1990 China Crack Down On Crime

September 12th, 1990 : China has cracked down on crime and has executed over 1,500 people this year in a report published by Amnesty International , many within 2 weeks of being arrested which brings into question the trials which many believe are just a mere formality.

12 Sept, 1997 U.S.A. Bankruptcy Increasing

1997 : Figures just released show that more Americans were declaring bankruptcy in an attempt to leave credit cards debts behind them.

12 Sept, 1998 UK Spice Girls

1998 : Spice girls return from 3 month tour in the United States to thousands of adoring fans.

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12 Sept, 2000 U.S.A. Dollar Strengthens

2000 : The US dollar continues it's strong run with the dollar hitting highs against the pound Sterling and the Euro in late trading.

12 Sept, 2001 Bush Announces War On Terrorism

September 12th, 2001 : Following the Terrorist attacks on the United States President George W. Bush calls the attacks "acts of war" against the United States and announced a war against terrorism, vowing to "find those responsible and bring them to justice" and told the nation that a search for those responsible was already underway. NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, supported the presidents call for military action.

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12 Sept, 2002 U.S.A. Alan Greenspan

2002 : The chairman of the US Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan has urged Congress and the administration it must balance the federal budget and restrain the desire to cut taxes while raising levels of public spending.

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12 Sept, 2006 California New Emissions Control Bill

September 12th, 2006 : California passed a new emissions control bill. This piece of legislation became one of the most extensive of carbon dioxide fume regulation documents in the U.S.A. that was drafted into law. One aspect of this new legislation called for a 25 percent decrease of carbon dioxide emissions by the year 2020.

12 Sept, 2006 U.S. Embassy Attack Damascus

2006 : An attack on the United States embassy in Damascus, Syria was stopped by Syrian security forces. Attackers tried to drive two car bombs into the buildings but they were stopped. One car bomb went off near the embassy.

12 Sept, 2007 Ethiopia Celebrates New Millennium

2007 : Ethiopia celebrated its millennium on this day. The country follows the Coptic Orthodox Church calendar which would make the start of the millennium September 12th of 2007.

12 Sept, 2007 Russia Largest Ever Bomb

2007 : Russia tested what they claim to be the largest non-nuclear explosive in the world. The bomb is said to be four times more powerful than the USA’s MOAB device. It is a thermobaric bomb and was dubbed the Father of All Bombs by the creators of the bomb.

12 Sept, 2008 Saudi Arabia OK to Kill Satellite Channel Owners

September 12th, 2008 : The highest ranking judge in Saudi Arabia stated that it is acceptable to kill owners of certain satellite television channels while being interviewed on a radio program. He said that the owners of channels that show immoral or evil programs should be killed if they are not punished in other ways. This is a strange news story and relates to words supposedly from Sheikh Saleh al-Lihedan, 79, chief of the kingdom’s highest tribunal, the supreme judiciary council who believes satellite television channels provides seduction, obscenity and vulgarity and should be stamped out by any means including murder of the owners.

12 Sept, 2008 Train Crash in Los Angeles

2008 : Twenty-five people died and 135 others are injured when a passenger train collided with a freight train in Los Angeles.

12 Sept, 2011 Mexico Rescues Six Oil Workers

2011 : Six oil workers who had been floating on a raft for three days in the Gulf of Mexico were rescued by authorities. The workers had to evacuate their offshore vessel after being hit by Tropical Storm Nate, four others were still missing.

12 Sept, 2012 US Official Dies in Consulate Attack

2012 : One US official was killed and another was injured after people stormed the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya while protesting a US film that they believed insulted the prophet Muhammad. After the attack President Obama vowed to bring justice to those who staged the attack that caused the death of the US official.

12 Sept, 2013 Audio Engineer Dolby Dies

September 12th, 2013 : Ray Dolby died at the age of eighty after suffering from Alzheimer's disease and being diagnosed with leukemia. Dolby was known for his breakthrough work with sound recording. He helped develop the technology to cut out background noise in tape recording and developed surround sound.

Born This Day In History September 12

Celebrating Birthdays Today

Jesse Owens

Born: James Cleveland Owens, September 12th, 1913, Lawrence County, Alabama, U.S.

Died: March 31st, 1980, Tucson, Arizona U.S.

Known For : Jesse Owens track and field athlete who represented the United States at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, winning four gold medals: one each in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the long jump, and as part of the 4x100 meter relay team. To take his achievements in context during this period in history when Nazi Germany was promoting and telling the world that the White Aryan race was superior to all others, so for a black man to not only win but dominate the news by winning 4 gold medals disproved Hitler's rhetoric of German superiority.


Celebrating Birthdays Today

Maurice Chevalier

Born: Maurice Auguste Chevalier, September 12th, 1888, Paris, France

Died: January 1st, 1972, Paris, France

Known For : Maurice Chevalier best known as a singer and actor with a distinct voice who made famous the song "Thank Heaven For Little Girls" in the movie Gigi.


From 1952 Toys Page

Let's Play Mailman From The 1950s Let's Play Mailman
Price: $1.98
Let's Play Mailman is a game for boys 4 to 8 years old. Kit contains mailman's cap, bag, whistle, badge, plus paper, post office blanks, and more. Provides hours of constructive play.

  • Marble Maze From The 1950s Marble Maze
    Price: $2.98
    Marble maze, the latest craze and an exciting challenge to young and old. The most interesting game of the year that tests skill and coordination. Two or more can play. Clear pine frame, one piece plastic playing surface. Fool-proof mechanism.