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    What happened on September 12 in History





    On this day

    DateWhat happened
    490 BCAthenian and Plataean Hoplites commanded by General Miltiades drive back a Persian invasion force under General Datis at Marathon.
    September 12, 1213Simon de Montfort defeats Raymond of Toulouse and Peter II of Aragon at Muret, France.
    September 12, 1609Henry Hudson sails into what is now New York Harbor aboard his sloop Half Moon.
    September 12, 1662Governor Berkley of Virginia is denied his attempts to repeal the Navigation Acts.
    September 12, 1683A combined Austrian and Polish army defeats the Turks at Kahlenberg and lifts the siege on Vienna, Austria.
    September 12, 1722The Treaty of St. Petersburg puts an end to the Russo-Persian War.
    September 12, 1786Despite his failed efforts to suppress the American Revolution, Lord Cornwallis is appointed governor general of India.
    September 12, 1836Mexican authorities crush the revolt which broke out on August 25.
    September 12, 1918British troops retake Havincourt, Moeuvres, and Trescault along the Western Front.
    September 12, 1919Adolf Hitler joins German Worker’s Party.
    September 12, 1939In response to the invasion of Poland, the French Army advances into Germany. On this day they reach their furthest penetration-five miles.
    September 12, 1940Italian forces begin an offensive into Egypt from Libya.
    September 12, 1940The Lascaux Caves in France, with their prehistoric wall paintings, are discovered.
    September 12, 1944American troops fight their way into Germany.
    September 12, 1945French troops land in Indochina.
    September 12, 1969President Richard Nixon orders a resumption in bombing North Vietnam.
    September 12, 1977Steve Biko, a South African activist opposing apartheid, dies while in police custody.
    September 12, 1980Military coup in Turkey.
    September 12, 1990East and West Germany, along with the UK, US and USSR—the Allied nations that had occupied post-WWII Germany—sign the final settlement for reunification of Germany.
    September 12, 1992Space Shuttle Endeavor takes off on NASA’s 50th shuttle mission; its crew includes the first African-American woman in space, the first married couple, and the first Japanese citizen to fly in a US spacecraft.
    September 12, 2003UN lifts sanctions against Libya in exchange for that country accepting responsibility for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 and paying recompense to victims’ families.
    September 12, 2007Joseph Estrada, former president of the Philippines, is convicted of plunder.
    September 12, 2011In New York City, the 9/11 Memorial Museum opens to the public.

    Born on September 12

    September 12, 1812Richard March Hoe, who built the first successful rotary printing press.
    September 12, 1829Charles Dudley Warner, essayist and novelist who, with Mark Twain, wrote The Guilded Age.
    September 12, 1880H.L. Mencken, jornalist and iconoclast known as the "Sage of Baltimore."
    September 12, 1888Maurice Chevalier, singer, dancer and actor.
    September 12, 1892Alfred A. Knopf, American publisher.
    September 12, 1910Alexander D. Langmuir, epidemiologist, created and led the U.S. Epidemic Intelligence Service.
    September 12, 1913Jesse Owens, track and field athlete who won four medals at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.
    September 12, 1931Kristin Hunter, author (God Bless the Child, The Survivors).
    September 12, 1931George Jones, country singer.
    September 12, 1943Michael Ondaatje, Canadian novelist and poet (The English Patient).
    September 12, 1949Charles "Chic" Burlingame III, pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, that was highjacked and flown into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, by terrorists.
    September 12, 1956Brian Robertson, singer, songwriter, musician (Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Wild Horses bands).
    September 12, 1956Richard "Ricky" Rudd, known as the "Iron Man" of NASCAR racing; he holds the record for the most consecutive NASCAR starts.
    September 12, 1981Jennifer Hudson, singer, actress; numerous awards include a Grammy (Jennifer Hudson, 2008), and Oscar, Golden Globe and British Academy awards (Dreamgirls, 2006).