Today Day in History for February 29

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Historical Events on 29th February, What Happened on February 29th This Day in History

2012:Tokyo Skytree construction completed. Now it is the tallest tower in the world, 634 meters high, and second tallest (man-made) structure on Earth, next to Burj Khalifa.
2004:Jean-Bertrand Aristide is removed as President of Haiti following a coup.
1996:Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes, all 123 passengers and crew died.
1992:First day of Bosnia and Herzegovina independence referendum.
1988:Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.
1988:South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town.
1980:Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal.
1972:Vietnam War: Vietnamization
1964:In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
1960:An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.
1952:The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
1944:World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur.
1940:In a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden's Consul General in San Francisco.
1940:Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
1940:For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.
1936:February 26 Incident in Tokyo ends.
1936:Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.
1920:Czechoslovak National assembly adopted the Constitution.
1916:Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
1892:St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
1864:American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails
1796:The Jay Treaty between the United States and Great Britain comes into force, facilitating ten years of peaceful trade between the two nations.
1768:Polish nobles formed Bar Confederation.
1752:King Alaungpaya founds Konbaung Dynasty, the last dynasty of Burmese monarchy.
1720:Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I on 24 March.
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.
1704:Queen Anne's War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 56 villagers and taking more than 100 captive.
1644:Abel Tasman's second Pacific voyage began.
1504:Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.

February 29 Birthdays, Who born on February 29th


1996 Claudia Williams (New Zealand tennis player)
1992 Sean Abbott (Australian cricketer)
1992 Perry Kitchen (American soccer player)
1992 Caitlin EJ Meyer (American actress)
1992 Saphir Taïder (French-born Algerian footballer)
1988 Lena Gercke (German fashion model and television host)
1988 Scott Golbourne (English footballer)
1988 Benedikt Höwedes (German footballer)
1988 Bobby Sanguinetti (American ice hockey player)
1984 Darren Ambrose (English footballer)
1984 Cullen Jones (American swimmer)
1984 Nuria Martínez (Spanish basketball player)
1984 Adam Sinclair (Indian field hockey player)
1984 Dennis Walger (German rugby player)
1984 Cam Ward (Canadian ice hockey player)
1980 Chris Conley (American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Saves the Day and Two Tongues))
1980 Patrick Côté (Canadian mixed martial artist)
1980 Simon Gagné (Canadian ice hockey player)
1980 Michail Mouroutsos (Greek martial artist)
1980 Rubén Plaza (Spanish cyclist)
1980 Clinton Toopi (New Zealand rugby player)
1980 Taylor Twellman (American soccer player)
1976 Zoë Baker (English-New Zealand swimmer)
1976 Katalin Kovács (Hungarian canoe racer)
1976 Terrence Long (American baseball player)
1976 Ja Rule (American rapper and actor)
1972 Iván García (Cuban sprinter)
1972 Mike Pollitt (English footballer)
1972 Antonio Sabàto (Jr.)
1972 Dave Williams (American singer-songwriter (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002))
1972 Saul Williams (American singer)
1972 Pedro Zamora (Cuban-American reality television personality)
1968 Suanne Braun (South African-English actress)
1968 Chucky Brown (American basketball player)
1968 Pete Fenson (American curler)
1968 Naoko Iijima (Japanese actress)
1968 Gonzalo Lira (Chilean-American author and blogger)
1968 Howard Tayler (American author and illustrator)
1968 Bryce Paup (American football player)
1968 Wendi Peters (English actress)
1968 Eugene Volokh (Ukrainian-American lawyer and educator)
1968 Frank Woodley (Australian comedian and actor)
1964 Dave Brailsford (English cycling coach)
1964 Lyndon Byers (Canadian ice hockey player and radio host)
1964 Mervyn Warren (American singer-songwriter and producer (Take 6))
1960 Lucian Grainge (English music executive)
1960 Khaled (Algerian singer-songwriter)
1960 Bill Long (American baseball player)
1960 Richard Ramirez (American serial killer (d. 2013))
1960 Tony Robbins (American motivational speaker and author)
1956 Jonathan Coleman (Australian radio host)
1956 Jerry Fry (American baseball player)
1956 Bob Speller (Canadian politician)
1956 J. Randy Taraborrelli (American journalist)
1956 Aileen Wuornos (American serial killer (d. 2002))
1952 Al Autry (American baseball player)
1952 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush (American journalist)
1952 Tim Powers (American author)
1952 Raisa Smetanina (Russian skier)
1952 Bart Stupak (American politician)
1948 Jiro Akagawa (Japanese author)
1948 Gérard Darmon (French-Moroccan actor and singer)
1948 Ken Foree (American actor)
1948 Hermione Lee (English academic)
1948 Patricia McKillip (American author)
1944 Ene Ergma (Estonian politician)
1944 Dennis Farina (American police officer and actor (d. 2013))
1944 Nicholas Frayling (English priest and academic)
1944 Phyllis Frelich (American actress)
1944 Leiki Loone (Estonian mathematician)
1944 Steve Mingori (American baseball player (d. 2008))
1944 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri (Italian writer and illustrator)
1940 Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople ()
1940 William H. Turner (Jr. American horse trainer)
1936 Jack R. Lousma (American astronaut)
1936 Henri Richard (Canadian ice hockey player)
1936 Alex Rocco (American actor)
1932 Jaguar (Brazilian cartoonist)
1932 Gene H. Golub (American mathematician (d. 2007))
1932 Masten Gregory (American race car river (d. 1985))
1932 Reri Grist (African-American soprano)
1928 Joss Ackland (English actor)
1928 Vance Haynes (American archaeologist)
1928 Terry Lewis (Australian police officer)
1928 Seymour Papert (South African mathematician and computer scientist)
1928 Tempest Storm (American actress and singer)
1924 David Beattie (New Zealand politician)
1924 Carlos Humberto Romero (Salvadoran politician)
1924 Al Rosen (American baseball player)
1920 Fyodor Abramov (Russian author and critic (d. 1983))
1920 Arthur Franz (American actor (d. 2006))
1920 James Mitchell (American actor and dancer (d. 2010))
1920 Michèle Morgan (French-American actress)
1920 Howard Nemerov (American poet (d. 1991))
1920 Ivan Ivanovich Petrov (Russian opera singer (d. 2003))
1920 Rolland W. Redlin (American politician (d. 2011))
1916 Dinah Shore (American singer and actress (d. 1994))
1908 Balthus (French-Polish painter (d. 2001))
1908 Dee Brown (American author and historian (d. 2002))
1908 Alf Gover (English cricketer (d. 2001))
1904 Rukmini Devi Arundale (Indian dancer and choreographer (d. 1986))
1904 Jimmy Dorsey (American saxophonist)
1904 Pepper Martin (American baseball player and manager (d. 1965))
1896 Morarji Desai (Indian politician)
1896 Roy Parker (American baseball player (d. 1954))
1896 William A. Wellman (American actor)
1892 Ed Appleton (American baseball player (d. 1932))
1892 Augusta Savage (American sculptor (d. 1962))
1860 Herman Hollerith (American statistician (d. 1929))
1852 Frank Gavan Duffy (Australian judge)
1852 George Maximilianovich (6th Duke of Leuchtenberg)
1840 John Philip Holland (Irish engineer)
1836 Dickey Pearce (American baseball player and manager (d. 1908))
1828 Emmeline B. Wells (American journalist)
1812 James Milne Wilson (Scottish-Australian politician)
1792 Gioachino Rossini (Italian composer (d. 1868))
1736 Ann Lee (American religious leader)
1724 Eva Marie Veigel (Austrian-English dancer (d. 1822))
1692 John Byrom (English poet (d. 1763))
1468 Pope Paul III (d. 1549) ()

February 29 deaths, Who died on February 29th


2012 Roland Bautista (American guitarist (Earth)
2012 Ertjies Bezuidenhout (South African cyclist (b. 1955))
2012 Dennis Chinnery (English actor (b. 1927))
2012 Fukuzo Iwasaki (Japanese businessman (b. 1925))
2012 Davy Jones (English singer)
2012 Karl Kodat (Austrian footballer (b. 1943))
2012 Sheldon Moldoff (American illustrator (b. 1920))
2012 Horacio Morales (Filipino economist and politician (b. 1943))
2012 Violet Wood (English super-centenarian (b. 1899))
2008 Janet Kagan (American author (b. 1946))
2008 Erik Ortvad (Danish painter (b. 1917))
2004 Kagamisato Kiyoji (Japanese sumo wrestler)
2004 Jerome Lawrence (American playwright and author (b. 1915))
2004 Toni Onley (Canadian painter (b. 1928))
2004 Harold Bernard St. John (Barbadian politician)
2004 Lorrie Wilmot (South African cricketer (b. 1943))
2000 Dennis Danell (American guitarist (Social Distortion) (b. 1961))
2000 Kayla Rolland (shot at school by 6-year-old Dedrick Owens. (b. 1993))
1996 Wes Farrell (American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1939))
1996 Shams Pahlavi (Iranian daughter of Tadj ol-Molouk of Iran (b. 1917))
1996 Ralph Rowe (American baseball player)
1992 La Lupe (Cuban-American singer (b. 1939))
1992 Ruth Pitter (English poet (b. 1897))
1992 Earl Scheib (American businessman (b. 1908))
1988 Sidney Harmon (American screenwriter and producer (b. 1907))
1984 Ludwik Starski (Polish screenwriter and songwriter (b. 1903))
1980 Gil Elvgren (American painter (b. 1914))
1980 Yigal Allon (Israeli soldier and politician)
1976 Florence P. Dwyer (American politician (b. 1902))
1972 Tom Davies (American football player and coach (b. 1896))
1968 Lena Blackburne (American baseball player)
1968 Tore Ørjasæter (Norwegian poet (b. 1886))
1964 Frank Albertson (American actor (b. 1909))
1960 Walter Yust (American journalist (b. 1894))
1960 Melvin Purvis (American police officer and FBI agent (b. 1903))
1956 Elpidio Quirino (Filipino politician)
1952 Quo Tai-chi (Chinese diplomat (b. 1888))
1948 Rebel Oakes (American baseball player and manager (b. 1883))
1944 Pehr Evind Svinhufvud (Finnish politician)
1940 E. F. Benson (English author (b. 1867))
1928 Adolphe Appia (Swiss architect and theorist (b. 1862))
1928 Ina Coolbrith (American poet (b. 1841))
1920 Ernie Courtney (American baseball player (b. 1875))
1908 Pat Garrett (American lawyer (b. 1850))
1908 John Hope (1st Marquess of Linlithgow)
1880 James Milne Wilson (Scottish-Australian politician)
1868 Ludwig I of Bavaria (b. 1786) ()
1848 Louis-François (Baron Lejeune)
1820 Johann Joachim Eschenburg (German historian and critic (b. 1743))
1792 Johann Andreas Stein (German piano builder (b. 1728))
1744 John Theophilus Desaguliers (French-English philosopher (b. 1683))
1740 Pietro Ottoboni (Italian cardinal (b. 1667))
1604 John Whitgift (English archbishop (b. 1530))
1600 Caspar Hennenberger (German pastor)
1592 Alessandro Striggio (Italian composer (b. 1540))
1528 Patrick Hamilton (Scottish martyr and reformer (b. 1504))
1212 Honen (Japanese religious reformer (b. 1133))
992 Oswald of Worcester (French archbishop (b. 925))