September 12 in Pop Culture History
1609 – Henry Hudson began his exploration of the Hudson River.
1910 – Alice Stebbin Wells was hired as America’s first actual female police officer, in Los Angeles.
1940 – The Lascaux Cave Paintings, about 17,300 year old, were 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.
1954 – Lassie premiered on CBS
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.