On This Day In History, 12 September

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World Events Today

  • The Gran Sasso raid, the Nazi German rescue of the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini during World War II, was carried out today in 1943
  • Hong Kong Disneyland opened today in 2005
  • Jeremy Corbyn, the Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983, became Leader of the Labour Party in the United Kingdom today in 2015

Entertainment Events Today

  • The American western television series Bonanza, aired for the first time today in 1959 on the NBC network, it would become their longest-running western
  • The American television series The Monkees, featuring The Monkees rock and roll band, aired for the first time today in 1966 on the NBC network
  • The cartoon series of The Smurfs, aired for the first time today in 1981 on the NBC network

Family Events Today

  • James Cleveland Owens, better known as the American track and field athlete Jesse Owens, four-time gold medalist at the 1936 Olympic Games, was born today in 1913 in Alabama
  • The future President of the United States, John F Kennedy, married the future First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier today in 1953
  • The American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, whose hits included I Walk the Line and Ring of Fire, died today in 2003 aged 71

Main Event Today

National Day Today

  • Today, it’s National Video Games Day

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