This Week In Awesome History – Vol. 8

From presidents and UFO's to the most famous gaming Bros', it's a great week in history everybody.

Nash Herringtonby Nash Herrington

September 12, 1940: Teenagers discover Lascaux cave paintings

On this day 71 years ago in France a group of 4 teenagers discovered the Lascaux cave paintings, a collection of drawings roughly 16,000 years old that are some of the greatest examples of art we have yet discovered from the Upper Paleolithic era.

The cave paintings mostly depict animals, ranging from bovines to felines, although there are also drawings of mythical creatures and a bird-headed man. The cave was opened to the public in 1948, but due to the lighting used by the exhibition fading the colours of the paintings it was closed in 1963. A replica of the cave was opened in 1983.

 

September 13, 1985: Super Mario Bros. is released

“Do-do-do-d-do-do-do-d-doo-d-doo-do-do-doo-d-d-doo”

And thus a legend was born. On this day in 1985 the original Super Mario Bros. was released for the NES, and a new generation of gamer was born. Introducing a perfectly precise control system and a cast of characters both plentiful and magical, Shigeru Miyamoto’s masterpiece also introduced us to Mario, who has now overtaken Mickey Mouse as the most recognisable face in animation.

The game went on to shift 40.24million copies in home console sales, making it the second best-selling game of all time. What is the first? Well, that honour goes to Wii Sports.

 

September 15, 1978: Muhammad Ali is first boxer to win World Heavyweight Championship 3 times

Photo Credit – ASSOCIATED PRESS

On February 15, 1978, Ali lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Olympic gold-medallist Leon Spinks in a split-decision. In September of the same year Ali regained his title from Spinks, being the only boxer in history to win the title 3 times.

Ali would announce his brief retirement from boxing the following year, before returning to the ring in 1980 to be knocked out in the 11th round by then-heavyweight champion Larry Holmes. Ali would later fully retire in 1981, his record consisting of a staggering 56 wins, 5 losses and 37 knockouts.

Click here to watch an aging Ali further cement his status as the Greatest Sportsman of All Time: Ali vs. Spinks II

 

September 17, 1967: The Doors are banned from the Ed Sullivan show

Album artwork for "Strange Days" – The Doors

Following the release of their sophomore album “Strange Days”, the doors appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in order to play two of their songs: “People Are Strange” and their hit single “Light My Fire”.

Before the show Ed Sullivan asked Jim Morrison to change the line “girl we couldn’t get much higher” to “girl we couldn’t get much better”, due to the “offensive” nature of the drug-related lyric. Morrison subsequently refused to do so, but after being talked around by his band he eventually agreed. Unfortunately for Sullivan and co., Morrison suffered a last minute onstage change of heart and sang the offending lyric, which prompted the host to promptly ban the group from ever appearing on the show again.

Check out the video of The Doors!

 

September 18, 1973: President Carter files report on UFO

Whilst waiting outside for a meeting in Georgia President Carter, along with 12 other witnesses, claimed to have seen a UFO “about the size of the moon” hover above the horizon, moving towards the Earth before disappearing into the distance.

Carter’s sighting moved him enough to claim that if he did win presidency (at this time he was only running his campaign) he would release all information that the government had accumulated regarding UFO’s.

However, Carter would fail to keep good on his promise after revealing that the information would “compromise America’s defence”, which is probably just a roundabout way of saying we’ve got a little grey fella in a box in the middle of Nevada.