On this day: September 12

Published On: Sep 12 2012 12:34:26 AM EDT   Updated On: Sep 12 2013 02:00:00 AM EDT

John F. Kennedy marries Jackie, "Lassie," "The Monkees," "Bonanza" and "Taxi" all premiere on TV, and The Man in Black dies, all on this day.

OTD September 12 - Mussolini
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1943: Italian dictator Benito Mussolini is rescued from house arrest on the Gran Sasso mountain in Abruzzi, Italy, by German commando forces led by Otto Skorzeny. The airborne mission was ordered personally by Adolf Hitler. Following his rescue, Mussolini would head the Italian Social Republic in parts of Italy that were not occupied by Allied forces.

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