Today's History Trivia for September 12
1983 Wells Fargo Robbed of $7.1 Million The Puerto Rican terrorist organization Los Macheteros (the machete wielders) uses a inside worker to rob a Wells Fargo depot of $7.1 million. The stated goal of the Macheteros is to obtain the independence of Puerto Rico by armed struggle against the United States government.
2006 Pope Incites Protests Pope Benedict XVI in a public speech quotes the words of a 15th century Byzantine emperor who characterized the teachings of Islam's founder, the Prophet Mohammad, as "evil and inhuman." The quote stated, "Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
1988 USA Today: The Television Show debuts.
1970 Palestinian terrorists blow up a hijacked TWA jet in Jordan, after releasing the passengers and crew.
1970 First Unmanned Spacecraft to Land on the Moon and Return Soviet Luna 16 is launched. It returned to Earth 12 days later with 101 grams of lunar soil.
1970 Dr. Timothy Leary The former educator and LSD advocate, escapes from a California prison and flees to Algeria.
1964 First legal horse racing sweepstakes in the U.S., the New Hampshire sweepstakes at Rockingham Park.
1959 Bonanza debuts on NBC. It was the first western series televised in color.
1922 The word "obey" is removed from the marriage vows of the U.S. Protestant Episcopal Church.
1910 First U.S. Policewoman Alice Stebbins Wells of Los Angeles is hired.
1873 First practical typewriter is built, it typed only capital letters. It was patented in 1868.
1866 First Long-Running Broadway Musical The Black Crook opens. It also marked the start of girlie shows in the U.S.
Today's Birthdays for September 12
1931 Thomas Henry "Tommy" Moore d. 1981 English drummer. Was a member of the Silver Beetles (1960), which later became The Beatles. He quit because he "had enough of Lennon," and went back to his job as a fork-lift driver.
1913 Jesse Owens d. 1980 (James Cleveland Owens), American track star. He won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics. At the 1935 Big Ten meet, he set three world records and tied a fourth - all within a span of 45 minutes. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1976).
1955 Peter Scolari American Emmy-winning actor. TV: Bosom Buddies (1980-82, cross-dresser Henry/Hildegarde) and Newhart (1984-90, Michael Harris).
1944 Barry White d. 2003 American singer-songwriter. Wrote The Harlem Shuffle, and recorded the #1 hit Can't Get Enough of Your Love Baby.
1943 Maria Muldaur (Maria Grazia Rosa Domenica D'Amato), American singer. Music: Midnight at the Oasis (1972).
1940 Linda Gray American actress, Sue Ellen of TV's Dallas.
1938 Tatiana Troyanos d. 1993 American mezzo-soprano singer, known for her roles as Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Cherubino in Le Nozze di Figaro.
1925 Dickie Moore d. 2015 (John Richard Moore Jr.), American actor, one of The Little Rascals. He gave Shirley Temple her first screen kiss, in Miss Annie Rooney (1942).
1914 Desmond Llewellyn d. 1999 Welsh actor. Film: Q in the James Bond movies.
1880 H.L. Mencken d. 1956 (Henry Louis Mencken), American newspaperman, critic for the Baltimore Sun.
1829 Charles Dudley Warner d. 1900 American newspaperman, made the famous quote "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."
1818 Richard Jordan Gatling d. 1903 American physician, invented the rapid-fire machine gun (1862) that bears his name.
1812 Richard March Hoe d. 1886 American inventor. He created the rotary press (1846), which enabled high-speed printing.
1575 Henry Hudson d. 1611 English explorer. He was the first white man to go up the Hudson River (1609).
Deaths for September 12
2013 Ray Dolby b. 1933 American inventor. He developed the Dolby noise reduction system. He also won an Emmy award for his contribution to the first video recorder (1957).
2010 Claude Chabrol b. 1930 French film director. He is credited with starting the "nouvelle vague" (new wave) French film movement, which helped revitalize French Cinema in the 1960s. Film: Les Cousins (1959) and Les Bonnes Femmes (1960).
2003 Johnny Cash b. 1932 (John R. Cash), American Country Hall of Fame and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy-winning country music singer, "The Man in Black."
1994 Tom Ewell b. 1909 (Yewell Tompkins), American actor. He claimed, that due to a inferiority complex, he never watched any of his movies. Stage: The Seven Year Itch (1953, Tony Award). Film: The Seven Year Itch (1955). TV: Baretta (Billy Truman).
1993 Raymond Burr b. 1917 (William Stacey Burr), Canadian-born American Emmy-winning actor. Film: Godzilla (1954, the American reporter). TV: Ironside (title role) and Perry Mason (title role).
1993 Harold Innocent b. 1933 (Harold Sydney Harrison), English actor. Film: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991, the corrupt bishop).
1992 Anthony Perkins b. 1932 American actor. Film: Psycho (1960, Norman Bates).
1972 William Boyd b. 1895 American actor. He played Hopalong Cassidy in the movies and television.
1869 Peter Roget b. 1779 English lexicographer. Compiler of Roget's Thesaurus (1852).
1683 Alfonso VI b. 1643 King of Portugal (1656-67). He was deposed by his brother and driven into exile.
1362 Innocent VI b. ???? French-born religious leader, 199th Pope (1352-62).