Let’s roll back the years and find out what happened on this day, 12 September, in…
1846 – Elizabeth Barrett elopes with Robert Browning. The saucy little minx!
1857 – The SS Central America sinks about 160 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, drowning a total of 426 passengers and crew, including Captain William Lewis Herndon. The ship was carrying 13–15 tons of gold from the San Francisco Gold Rush.
1940 – Cave paintings are discovered in Lascaux, France. If you look very carefully, you can see numbers behind the paint. Two is yellow!
1952 – Strange occurrences, including a monster sighting, take place in Flatwoods, West Virginia. Too much moonshine, methinks.
1959 – Premiere of Bonanza, the first regularly-scheduled TV program presented in color.
2003 – The United Nations lifts sanctions against Libya after that country agreed to accept responsibility and recompense the families of victims in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Seven years later, this story still hasn’t gone away
Birthday greetings make their way to:
Sue Ellen from Dallas, Linda Gray is 70.
Neil Peart, drummer from prog rock group Rush, is 58.
The composer Hans Zimmer is 53.
The controversial author, and former pet of Oprah Winfrey, James Frey is 41. May his candle be blown into a “million little pieces.”
Today in 1977, South African anti-apartheid activist Steve Biko is killed in police custody. This tragic event gave rise to one of my all-time favourite Peter Gabriel songs.