September 12: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

On September 12, learn about the most interesting historical events and facts. On the Gregorian calendar, September 12th is the 255th day. Adolph Hitler claimed nationalism and self-determination for Germans in areas of Czechoslovakia on this day, and Elizabeth Barrett eloped with Robert Browning. The colour version of “Bonanza” was released.

Virgo is the zodiac sign for September 12th. Jesse Owens, Paul Walker, and Yao Ming all share the same birthday. National Video Game Day is taking place today.


Happy Birthday! (September 12, 1494)
Francis I of France. photo source:


(September 12, 1940)
Four teenagers from Montignac, France, discovered the Lascaux cave, which features some of the most amazing artwork from the prehistoric era. photo source:

(September 12, 1953)
Future U.S. president and senator John F. Kennedy wed Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island. photo source:

(September 12, 1959)
The Soviet Union launched Luna 2, which was the first human-made object to make contact with another celestial body and the first spacecraft to reach the surface of the Moon. photo source:

(September 12, 1992)
The 50th Space Shuttle mission, STS-47, was launched by NASA with the Space Shuttle Endeavour. Several famous space travellers, such as Mae Carol Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, Mamoru Mohri, the first Japanese citizen to ride on a US spaceship, and Mark Lee and Jan Davis, the first married pair in orbit, are already on board. photo source:

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James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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