September 12: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Did you know that on this day, September 12, 1981, the animated fantasy TV show "The Smurfs" premiered on NBC?

September 12th observes Chocolate Milkshake Day and Video Games Day.

Welcome to the 255th day of the year! We’re slowly getting through the year, and now have only 110 days until we reach the new year.

If today’s your birthday or you just want to know more about this day, then you’ll love these historical events, both good and bad that made September 12 so special.

Did you know that on this day in 1981, the animated fantasy TV show “The Smurfs” premiered on NBC? It became one of the most successful and longest-running Saturday morning shows in television history.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about September 12th in history!

What Events Happened On September 12 In History?

2018 Crosshatch drawings discovered on a 1.5-inch piece of stone in Blombos Cave in South Africa were found to be the oldest known human drawing at 73,000 years old.

2017 East London sewers were blocked by an 829-foot (253 meters), 260,000 lb (23 ton) giant fatberg.

Fatbergs are formed when things are flushed down the toilet that shouldn't be. This mass was comprised of fat, wet wipes, oil, condoms, and more.


2010 Lady Gaga wore a full outfit made of meat for the MTV Video Music Awards.

OTD in 2010: Lady Gaga wore a full outfit made of meat for the MTV Video Music Awards.

She wore a dress, shoes, and a hairpiece, all made from raw cuts of meat.

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1998 Nintendo released Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition in Japan for the Game Boy Color.

It wasn't released to the North American market until October the following year. Pokémon Yellow was an enhanced version of the Red and Blue Pokémon games released earlier for the Game Boy. One of the biggest differences is that your starter Pokémon is a Pikachu instead of a choice between Charmander, Bulbasaur, or Squirtle.

1988 An extreme category 5 hurricane called Gilbert hit Jamaica, with the eye of the storm being 15 miles wide.

OTD in 1988: An extreme category 5 hurricane called Gilbert hit Jamaica

The storm had top speeds of up to 185 miles per hour, and 318 people died.

1986 The American neo-noir mystery film “Blue Velvet” premiered in Toronto, Canada.

1981 The animated fantasy TV show “The Smurfs” premiered on NBC.

1962 American department store Kohl’s opened their first store in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

1940 17,000-year-old cave art was discovered in France.

OTD in 1940: 17

On this day, a dog named Robot fell into a hole. Marcel Ravidat and his friends went to help Robot. They made their way 15 meters down into the cave, where they discovered paintings of animals on the walls within the cavern. They are now known as the Lascaux Cave Paintings, and the area is now a World Heritage Site.

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1928 American actress Katherine Hepburn had her first stage performance in New York City, where she played in “Night Hostess.”

1848 A new federal constitution was created, which marked Switzerland as a federal state.

The constitution was heavily influenced by the United States Constitution and the ideas of the French Revolution.

1758 French astronomer Charles Messier accidentally discovered the Crab Nebula while looking for the Halley comet.

Although he wasn't the first to document this discovery, this was the catalyst in his career and inspired the creation of the Messier Catalogue.


1609 Henry Hudson began a journey up the river that would later be named after him – the Hudson River.

490 BC The Greeks defeated the Persians in the Battle of Marathon.

The Battle of Marathon was the first time the Greeks had won against the Persians, proving that the Persians were not invincible.

Famous People Born On September 12

If you were born on this day, did you know that you share the same birthday with Emmy Rossum? See who else was born on September 12th below!

1997 Sydney Sweeney

American Actress

Sydney Sweeney
25 years old
Born In:
Washington, USA

1973 Paul Walker

American Actor

Paul Walker
Died On:
Nov 30, 2013 (Age 40)
Born In:
California, USA

1986 Emmy Rossum

American Actress

Emmy Rossum
36 years old
Born In:
New York, USA

1981 Jennifer Hudson

American Singer

Jennifer Hudson
41 years old
Born In:
Illinois, USA

Famous People Who Died On This Day

1932 - 2003 Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash was an American singer born on February 26, 1932. He died on this day in 2003, at age 71 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Special Holidays On September 12

If you’ve got a few minutes spare today, why not celebrate these special holidays.

September 12: National Chocolate Milkshake Day

National Chocolate Milkshake Day

Calling all milkshake lovers, we have a day just for you! Well, a day for both milkshake and chocolate lovers anyway. You can drink chocolate milkshakes all you want today, as it’s Chocolate Milkshake Day! You can even mix it up a bit by adding extra flavors to your shake.

September 12: National Video Games Day

National Video Games Day

Get your friends together and pull out your favorite game, as today is National Video Games Day! We won’t blame you if the only reason you step out of the house today is to stock up on snacks, as if there was ever a day to dedicate to binging video games all day, it would be today!

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Fun Fact Of The Day

In feudal Japan, lords purposely built homes with squeaky floors as a defensive measure against ninjas.

September 12 Birthday Facts, Zodiac & Birthstone

For those of you who were born on September 12th, your zodiac sign is Virgo.

Virgo is represented by the Virgin and is the sixth sign in the zodiac. Anyone who was born between August 23 and September 22 falls into this astrological sign.

All those born in September have the Sapphire birthstone. In the middle ages, priests believed that wearing sapphires would protect them against temptation, evil and impure thoughts. They were known as the stone of protection, which symbolized truth, faithfulness, and heaven.

Anyone born on Sep 12 would likely have been conceived around December 20 in the previous year.

A baby conceived on this day will likely be due around June 5th, 2024.

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