33 fun facts for September, 12

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
September 12th marks many special days and several historical events, such as Luna 2 being the first space probe to reach the moon, the premiere of the TV show "Bonanza," and the discovery of the Lascaux Cave paintings. It is also a day to celebrate and honor various professions and communities, such as National Video Games Day, National Police Woman Day, and International Programmers' Day.
33 Fun facts
  1. In 1959, on September 12th, the Soviet Union's successful launch of Luna 2 made it the first space probe to reach the moon.
  2. On September 12th, 1958, the TV show "Bonanza," a popular western series that showcased the lives of the Cartwright family, premiered on NBC.
  3. September 12th is National Video Games Day in the United States, a day to celebrate and appreciate games and the gaming community.
  4. In 1940, near Montignac, France, the Lascaux Caves - with their prehistoric paintings - were discovered on September 12th.
  5. On September 12th, National Chocolate Milkshake Day is celebrated across the United States, a day dedicated to enjoying the delicious dessert treat.
  6. In 1966, on September 12th, "The Monkees," an American musical sitcom about a fictional rock band, premiered on NBC.
  7. September 12th, 1962: President John F. Kennedy made his famous "We choose to go to the moon" speech in Houston, Texas, further inspiring the American people about the goal to land on the moon.
  8. On September 12th, 1913, Jesse Owens, known for winning four Olympic gold medals in 1936, was born - he went on to challenge racial discrimination in Nazi Germany.
  9. September 12th is National Police Woman Day in the United States, a day to recognize and honor the contributions of female officers in law enforcement.
  10. On September 12th, 1918, the Battle of Saint-Mihiel began during World War I, showcasing the innovative military strategies of General John J. Pershing.
  11. In 1983, 401 hostages were rescued from Korean Air Flight 858 on September 12th after the plane was hijacked.
  12. September 12th is observed as Defenders' Day, a state legal holiday in Maryland to honor the US victory in the Battle of North Point in the War of 1812.
  13. Barry White, the singer-songwriter who became famous for his deep voice and romantic stylings, was born on September 12th, 1944.
  14. September 12th is the Saragarhi Day, an annual commemoration observed by the Sikh community, to remember the epic battle fought by 21 Sikh soldiers against 10,000 Afghan invaders in 1897.
  15. The iconic children's book series "Curious George" was first published on September 12th, 1941, by authors Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey.
  16. In 1993, the compromise agreement for South African democracy was reached on September 12th, setting the stage for the nation's first nonracial elections in April 1994.
  17. September 12th, 1964: Canyonlands National Park, located in Utah, United States, was officially designated as a national park.
  18. Mae Questel, the voice behind the popular cartoon characters Olive Oyl and Betty Boop, passed away on September 12th, 1998.
  19. September 12th is International Day for South-South Cooperation, observed by the United Nations to promote and strengthen cooperation between developing countries.
  20. In 1609, English explorer Henry Hudson discovered the Hudson River on September 12th, paving the way for Dutch colonization in the New World.
  21. The NASCAR legend Richard Petty won his first race on September 12th, 1959, kickstarting his illustrious career as the most successful driver in NASCAR history.
  22. On September 12th, 2012, iPhone 5 was presented by Apple, introducing major changes in design and the addition of the Lightning port for charging and syncing.
  23. Nam June Paik, a pioneer of video art and an influential artist internationally, passed away on September 12th, 2006.
  24. September 12th marks International Programmers' Day in some countries, a day to celebrate the hard work of computer programmers and their contributions to the digital world.
  25. September 12 is celebrated as National Day in Cape Verde, commemorating the country's independence from Portugal in 1975.
  26. September 12th, 2006: Pluto was officially reclassified as a dwarf planet, marking the end of debate surrounding its planetary status.
  27. Neil Peart, the legendary drummer and lyricist of the rock band ‘Rush,’ was born on September 12th, 1952.
  28. The Roman Emperor Trajan, known for his successful military campaigns and the construction of various famous buildings in Rome, was born on September 12th, 53 AD.
  29. September 12th, 1908: Winston Churchill married Clementine Hozier, his beloved wife who would later become a prominent and influential figure in British society.
  30. On September 12th, 1947, the first World Health Organization (WHO) Southeast Asia Regional Committee meeting took place in New Delhi, India, marking the beginning of global health diplomacy in the region.
  31. Nintendo revealed the Wii motion-sensing controller for the first time on September 12th, 2005, revolutionizing gaming and attracting a new audience of casual gamers.
  32. On September 12th, 1988, the iconic song "Sweet Child o’ Mine" by Guns N’ Roses reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  33. Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games, died on September 12th, 1937, leaving behind a legacy of international sportsmanship.