On This Day for 29th February

Historical Events

  • 1692 First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave
  • 1904 Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus
  • 1940 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar
  • 1960 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)
  • 1984 Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister

Did You Know?

1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

On February 29th, 1960

Famous Weddings

  • 1816 Dutch (King) Willem II marries Russian grand-duchess Anna Paulowna
  • 1996 Fashion designer Nicole Miller (44) weds Kim Taipale (42) in the office of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
  • 2012 "Diagnosis Murder" actor Dick Van Dyke (86) weds make-up artist Arlene Silver (40) in Malibu