September 12 in Pop Culture History

September 12th Fun Facts, Trivia and History

September 12th History Highlights

  • 1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
  • 1954 – Lassie premiered on CBS
  • 1962 – President Kennedy delivered his “We Choose to go to the Moon” speech at Rice University.
  • 1984 – Dwight Gooden set the MLB record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 276, previously set by Herb Score with 246 in 1954.
  • If you were born on September 12th,
    You were likely conceived the week of… December 20th (prior year)


The series, originally shot in black and white, changed to color in 1965 and was first broadcast on CBS. It was about the adventures of Timmy Rudd (Jon Provost) and his dog Lassie. The cast included John Rudd as Will and Dee Wallace Stone as Timmy’s parents Dee and Will. All of the animal actors who played Lassie were actually male dogs because female collies tend to periodically shed. The show was the creation of producer Robert Maxwell and animal trainer Rudd Weatherwax.

A modified remake, also called Lassie, debuted on CBS on March 1, 1963, and was syndicated in the US and Canada on April 1. Although differences in location, character, and circumstances ruled out the possibility of an exact remake of the original series, the series, which was shot in Canada and set in Vermont, was still about a boy named Timmy and his dog.

Cave Paintings In Lascaux, France

The Lascaux Cave is located in the French Dordogne near the village of Montignac. It houses Paleolithic art, which consists of various large animal drawings scattered on the walls of the cave. The cave, discovered in the 1940s, contains almost two thousand figures, which can be divided into three main groups: the Sanctuary of the Betrayers, a series of caves, and the Grotte de Lascaux.

September 12th is…

Chocolate Milkshake Day
Day of Encouragement
Video Games Day

September 12th Birthday Quotes

“Remember that no matter how cool you think you may be, you are not cool enough to look down on anyone…”
– Paul Walker

“We all have the power to choose how we are going to handle every situation we are faced with throughout our lives. We are in control of the decision we make whether it’s about work, relationships, parenting, or our health.”
– Jennifer Hudson

“‘I’m bored is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘Im bored’.”
Louis C. K.

“We forget that this music, music made by my brothers and sisters, is still a baby. It’s just beginning. When I think of the possibilities, it makes me smile.”
-Barry White

“If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.”
– Maurice Chevalier

September 12th Birthdays

1880 – H.L. Mencken, American journalist, and critic (died in 1956)
1888 – Maurice Chevalier, French actor, singer and dancer (died in 1972)
1891 – Arthur Hays Sulzberger, American publisher (died in 1968)
1897 – Walter B. Gibson, American magician and author (died in 1985)
1913 – Jesse Owens, American sprinter, and long jumper, Olympic Gold Medalist (died in 1980)
1940 – Linda Gray, American actress
1944 – Barry White, American singer-songwriter (died in 2003)
1957 – Rachel Ward, English-Australian actress
1957 – Hans Zimmer, German composer
1967 – Louis C.K., American comedian and actor
1973 – Paul Walker, American actor (died in 2013)
1978 – Ruben Studdard, American R&B and gospel singer
1981 – Jennifer Hudson, American singer
1986 – Emmy Rossum, American actress

September 12th History

1609 – Henry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson River.

1910 – Alice Stebbins Wells was hired as America’s first actual female police officer, in Los Angeles.

1940 – The Lascaux Cave Paintings, about 17,300 years old, was found in southwestern France.

1952 – The Flatwoods Monster was described by several children in Flatwoods, West Virginia. Their mother, Kathleen May also reported seeing a ten-foot creature.

1959 – The Soviet Union’s Lunik 2 was launched, (purposefully) crash-landing on the moon two days later.

1965 – The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, for the fourth time.

1966 – The Monkees debuted on NBC.

1970 – Josie and the Pussycats premiered on CBS Saturday morning.

1970 – LSD advocate, Dr. Timothy Leary, escaped from a California prison and fled to Algeria.

1970 – The unmanned Soviet Luna 16 was launched – it landed on the moon, scooped up 101 grams of the lunar surface, and returned to Earth.

1972 – Maude premiered on CBS.

1977 – South African black civil rights leader Steven Biko died while in police custody.

1978 – Taxi premiered on ABC

1983 – The animated G.I. Joe mini-series based on the toys of the same name debuted, in syndication

1983 – Inspector Gadget debuted on ABC

1992- NBC canceled all of their Saturday morning cartoons and opted to air Saved By The Bell, California Dreams, NBA Inside Stuff, Name Your Adventure, and a weekend version of Today. It marked the end of all children’s programming entirely on the network.

1993 – Famous Perry Mason actor Raymond Burr died after a battle with liver cancer

1994 – Former Family Feud host Richard Dawson returned to host the game show

2007 (Volcano Eruption) Southern Sumatra, Indonesia

2012 – Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and iOS 6.

Today’s Random Trivia and Shower Thoughts

A recent survey showed that 6 out of 7 dwarfs are not happy.

“You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They’re out of order!” – Arthur Kirkland #moviequotes

It’s never healthy food wrappers you see littered on the road.

Ethel the cook says “I Put That S*** on Everything!” about Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.

The first mail-away exclusive figure to be introduced by Hasbro was the Kellog’s “Han Solo in Stormtrooper Disguise” featured in Kellog’s Fruit Loops Cereal.

Bruce, the vegetarian shark from “Finding Nemo”, was named after the animatronic shark used while filming “Jaws”.

A group of Webmasters is a Linkage.

A group of Falcons is called a Cast.

Ernest Vincent Wright wrote a novel, “Gadsby”, which contains over 50,000 words – none of them with the letter ‘E’.

Today is the tomorrow you were thinking about yesterday.

The Hulk was originally gray, but Marvel changed him to green after problems with ink in their presses.

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If you look at Die Hard from the bad guy’s perspective it’s just Ocean’s 11 gone really wrong.

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