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This Day in History: September 12

September 12: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1940 - Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France.
  2. 1959 - The Soviet Union launches a large rocket, Lunik II, at the moon.
  3. 1979 - Indonesia is hit with an earthquake that measures 8.1 on the Richter scale.
  4. 1984 - Dwight Gooden sets the baseball record for strikeouts in a season by a rookie with 246, previously set by Herb Score in 1954. Gooden's 276 strikeouts that season, pitched in 218 innings, set the current record.
  5. 2005 - Hong Kong Disneyland opens in Penny's Bay, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
  6. Famous Birthdays: Benjamin Carr (American composer, singer, teacher, and music publisher), Irene Joliot-Curie (French physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry), Yao Ming (Chinese basketball player), Emmy Rossum (American actress and singer), Andrew Luck (American football player)

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