Today In History September 12

Today In History September 12

September 12 is also known as the ‘Day After’ – the first day after the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists, killing hundreds of civilians and changing the topography of Manhattan. The turn of the 21st century was welcomed ominously with violence. To commemorate this day, a museum was opened on this day, ten years after the event so that relatives of the victims could pay tribute to their loved ones. It was also on the 12th of September that Adolf Hitler joined the German Workers Party that later on went to become the Nazi Party. It changed the history of Germany and the world in the coming years. This day was important to Germany 50 years later, too, when the treaty was signed, unifying the country for the first time after the Second World War had torn it apart.

Let’s discuss a few major Historical events in Today’s History.

1185: Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos Brutally Put To Death in Constantinople

Emperor Andronikos I was emperor of Constantinople from 1183 – 1185 till his death. During these two years, his reign signified terror and violence for the nobles and the common man. On September 11, 1185, his commander was killed while arresting a noble, Issac Angelos whose loyalty was suspect. Issac took refuge in the church of Hagia Sophia and appealed to the population to rise in revolt against Andronikos. As a result, people revolted against Andronikos, and Andronikos was brutally killed by his subjects on September 12, 1185.


1951: Sugar Ray Robinson Wins Back Belt

On September 12, 1951, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Randy Turpin to win back the belt. The New York boxer had lost his belt to the British Turpin two months back in Europe. He requested a rematch, and on this day, his request was granted, and the match was held at Polo Grounds in the U.S where he won his title back after an intense 10 round boxing match. He was considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in boxing history and was inducted in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 1967.

2005: England Win the Ashes Cup after 24 Years

England beat Australia in the Ashes Cup for the first time since 1987. The final match was a draw, and the final result of the series was a 2-1 in favor of England. The Queen and Prime Minister Tony Blair congratulated the captain Michael Vaughan for the fine performance in the Ashes. Later, they were invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister.


1940: Cave Paintings Discovered In Lascaux, France

Lascaux in Southern France has been home to many caves with beautiful and intricate pre-historic paintings. On 12th September 1940, 4 teenagers stumbled upon a cave with such ancient and beautiful artwork while chasing their dog through narrow tunnels. These paintings were first studied by French archaeologist Henri-Édouard-Prosper Breuil. The paintings in the 15,000 – 17,000-year-old caves are said to be from the Upper Paleolithic period.