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Notable Historical Events on February 29th

1784Marquis de Sade transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille

200476th Academy Awards - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win

1780The Omicron Delta Omega fraternity was founded by Benjamin Franklin at James Madison University.

1504Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians

1904Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus

1832Charles Darwin visits jungle near Bahia Brazil

1936FDR signs 2nd neutrality act

1972Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

1960JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

1964LBJ reveals US secretly developed the A-11 jet fighter

1988NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs

1980Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

February 29th Historical Events
Date Event
1504
Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians 
1692
Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne & Tituba, an Indian servant first people to be accused of witchcraft in Salem Mass. 
1696
English ex-premier Earl Danby accused of corruption 
1704
French & Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 50, abduct 100 
1712
February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style. 
1720
Queen Ulrica Eleonora of Sweden resigns 
1780
The Omicron Delta Omega fraternity was founded by Benjamin Franklin at James Madison University. 
1784
Marquis de Sade transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille 
1796
Jay's Treaty proclaimed, settles some differences with England 
1832
Charles Darwin visits jungle near Bahia Brazil 
1836
Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris 
1848
Neufchatel declares independence of Switzerland 
1856
Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease 
1868
1st British government of Disraeli forms 
1880
Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed 
1892
Britain & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea 
1892
St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated. 
1904
Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus 
1908
Dutch scientists produce solid helium 
1932
Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland 
1932
TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William "Alfalfa" Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States. 
1936
FDR signs 2nd neutrality act 
1940
45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton) 
1940
Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate 
1940
"Gone with the Wind," wins 8 Oscars 
1940
Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar 
1940
12th Academy Awards - "Gone with the Wind," Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh win 
1940
Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations 
1944
5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death 
1944
US troop land on Los Negros, Admirality Islands 
1948
Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died 
1952
Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB 
1952
Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of GER 
1952
Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA 
1952
Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA 
1952
The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority. 
1956
Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan 
1956
Pres Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term 
1960
1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago 
1960
Earthquake kills 1/3 of Agadir Morocco population (12,000) in 15 sec 
1960
JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue 
1960
KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting 
1964
"Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances 
1964
Frank Rugani sets badminton shuttlecock distance record, 24.3 m 
1964
LBJ reveals US secretly developed the A-11 jet fighter 
1964
NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime 
1968
1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge) 
1968
Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy 
1968
Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres 
1968
US end regular flights with nuclear bombs 
1968
US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 
1968
National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks 
1972
Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year 
1972
Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party 
1980
Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals 
1980
Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England 
1984
Canadian PM Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced he is stepping down 
1988
KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG 
1988
Mark Greatbatch scores 107* v England on Test Cricket debut 
1988
NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs 
1988
Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WW II deportations 
1992
Dawn Coe wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open 
1992
Professional Spring Football League begins 
1996
Kenya defeat West Indies (all out 93) in Cricket World Cup 
1996
Soyuz TM-23, lands 
2004
Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising. 
2004
76th Academy Awards - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win 
2016
Indian Government Announces Steps to Double Farmers' Incomes 
2016
NY judge backs Apple in encryption fight with government 
2016
Google says it bears 'some responsibility' after self-driving car hit bus 
2016
Suicide bombings kill 40 in eastern Iraq, eight west of Baghdad 
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