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    Post 12.09.1940: Discovery of the Lascaux paintings by 4 teens

    Lascaux is the setting of a complex of caves in southwestern France famous for its cave paintings. The original caves are located near the village of Montignac, in the Dordogne département. They contain some of the most well-known (Upper Paleolithic) art, dating back to somewhere between 15,000 and 13,000 BC. They consist mostly of realistic images of large animals, including aurochs, most of which are known from fossil evidence to have lived in the area at the time. They were added to UNESCO World Heritage Sites list in 1979.

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    Post 12.9.1959: First episode of Bonanza

    Bonanza was an American western/cowboy television series which aired on the NBC television network from September 12, 1959 until January 16, 1973. The pilot episode was written by David Dortort, who also produced the series. Dortort's other creations include The Restless Gun, The High Chaparral, The Cowboys, and the Bonanza prequel, Ponderosa. Bonanza was the first hour-long network television series filmed in color. For most of its 430 episode run, the main sponsor of Bonanza was Chevrolet and the stars occasionally appeared in commercials endorsing Chevrolet automobiles. All of the regular cast members had appeared in numerous stage, television and film productions before Bonanza, but none was particularly well-known.

    In 1959, the series was aired on Saturday evenings, most typically a social night. It was soon targeted for cancellation, but given one last chance. A move to Sunday nights at 9:00 PM, caused the series to soar, and it remained high on the Nielsen ratings until Autumn 1972. The Sunday time-slot was crucial to the success of the show: from 1964 through 1967, the show was #1 in the yearly Nielsen ratings. The series was moved to Tuesday nights during its 14th and final season. In terms of longevity, the show remains NBC's second longest-running series, after Law & Order.

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    Post 12.9.1962: President Kennedy announces flight to the moon

    On September 12, 1962, Rice Stadium hosted the speech in which President John F. Kennedy challenged Americans to send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. In the speech, he used a reference to Rice University football to help frame his rhetoric:

    But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.

    And we all know it happened on July 20. 1969 when Neil Armstrong set his foot on the moon and said:

    "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

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    Post 19.09.1991: Ötzi the Iceman is discovered by a couple of German tourists.

    Ötzi the Iceman (also spelled Oetzi), Frozen Fritz, and Similaun Man are modern nicknames of a well-preserved natural mummy of a man from about 3300 BC (53 centuries ago), found in 1991 in the Schnalstal glacier in the Ötztal Alps, near Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. The nickname comes from Ötztal, the region in which he was discovered. He is Europe's oldest natural human mummy, and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic (Copper Age) Europeans.

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    Default 20.09.1519 - Magellan departed to circumnavigate the globe

    Five ships under the command of Ferdinand Magellan departed the city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda to circumnavigate the globe. On 17.04.1521 Magellan was killed during the resulting Battle of Mactan against indigenous forces.

    On September 6, 1522, Elcano and the remaining crew of Magellan's voyage arrived in Spain aboard the last ship in the fleet, Victoria, almost exactly three years after they departed. Magellan had not intended to circumnavigate the world, only to find a secure way through which the Spanish ships could navigate to the Spice Islands; it was Elcano who, after Magellan's death, decided to push westward, thereby completing the first voyage around the entire Earth.

    Four crewmen of the original 55 on Trinidad finally returned to Spain in 1525; 51 of them had died in war or from disease. In total, approximately 232 Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, English and German sailors died on the expedition around the world with Magellan.

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    Default 20.09.1939 - First aerial victory of the RAF in WW2

    On 20 September 1939, a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 was shot down by Battle gunner Sgt. F. Letchard during a patrol near Aachen, marking the RAF's first aerial victory of the war.

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    Default Sept 24, 1906 Devil's Tower first US National Monument

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    The first United States National Monument, established on September 24, 1906 by President Theodore Roosevelt. 1347 acres (5.45 km˛) are included within the Monument's boundaries.
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    Post 28.09.1066: William the Conqueror invades England: the Norman Conquest begins.

    The Norman conquest of England initiated by the invasion of the Kingdom of England by William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy) in 1066 and his success at the Battle of Hastings resulted in the Norman control of England. The Norman Conquest was a pivotal event in English history[1] for a number of reasons. This conquest linked England more closely with Continental Europe through the introduction of a Norman aristocracy, thereby lessening Scandinavian influence. It created one of the most powerful monarchies in Europe and engendered a sophisticated governmental system. The conquest changed the English language and culture, and set the stage for rivalry with France, which would continue intermittently until the 20th century. It has an iconic role in English national identity as the last successful military conquest of England.

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    Unhappy 28.09.1994: The car ferry MS Estonia sinks in Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.

    M/S Estonia was a cruiseferry built in 1980 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The ship's sinking in the Baltic Sea on September 28, 1994, claimed 852 lives and was one of the worst maritime disasters in modern history and one of the most controversial.

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    Post 28.09.1745: National anthem God Save the King sung for the first time

    "God Save the Queen", or "God Save the King", is an anthem used in a number of Commonwealth realms; it currently serves as the national anthem of the United Kingdom, one of the two national anthems of New Zealand, and the royal anthem of Canada and of Australia. The title of the song varies with the gender of the reigning monarch, and so it now uses "Queen", though "King" has been historically more common. In countries not previously part of the British Empire the tune of "God Save the Queen" has also been used as the basis for different patriotic songs, though still generally connected with royal ceremony.

    The authorship of the song is unknown, and beyond its first verse, which is consistent, it has many historic and extant versions: Since its first publication, different verses have been added and taken away and, even today, different publications include various selections of verses in various orders. In general only one, or sometimes two verses are sung, but on rare occasions three. One or two bars may also form a part of the Vice Regal Salute in Commonwealth realms outside the United Kingdom. The words of the song, like its title, are fitted to the gender of monarch, with "King" replacing "Queen", "he" replacing "she", and so forth, when a king reigns. In the United Kingdom, the last line of the third verse is also changed

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    Default 29.09.480 BC - Battle of Salamis

    The Battle of Salamis was a naval battle between the Greek city-states and Persia, fought in September, 480 BC in the straits between Piraeus and Salamis, a small island in the Saronic Gulf near Athens, Greece.

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    Default 29.09.1941 - Massacre at Babi Yar

    Babi Yar is a ravine in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

    In the course of two days, September 29—30, 1941, German Nazis aided by their collaborators murdered 33,771 Jewish civilians there. The Babi Yar massacre is considered to be "the largest single massacre in the history of the Holocaust."

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    Default 4th Oct ... 50th Annivaersary of Sputnik-1 launch

    in 1957 : For the first time an object is sent in an orbit around earth.

    USSR launched SPUTNIK 1 into the space and it became the first man-made object to be sent by man into an orbit.

    Today is the 50th anniversary of that historic event.

    There would not have been GEH if that event had not taken place.

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    Default 13.10.1792: Beginn of building up The White House

    In Washington, D.C., the cornerstone of the United States Executive Mansion (known as the White House since 1818) is laid.

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