Events in History on February 29

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1504 Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians

Explorer of the New World Christopher Columbus
Explorer of the New World
Christopher Columbus
  • 1692 First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave
  • 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

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1784 Marquis de Sade transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille

Philosopher and Writer Marquis de Sade
Philosopher and Writer
Marquis de Sade
  • 1796 Jay's Treaty proclaimed, settles some differences with England

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1832 Charles Darwin visits jungle near Bahia Brazil

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin
  • 1848 The Principality of Neuch√Ętel declares itself independent of Prussia
  • 1856 Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease

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1868 1st British government of Benjamin Disraeli forms

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • 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.

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

26th US President Theodore Roosevelt
26th US President
Theodore Roosevelt
  • 1908 Dutch scientists produce solid helium
  • 1920 Trying to maintain independence from Germany and the USSR, Czechoslovakia adopts a constitution
  • 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.

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1936 US President FDR signs 2nd Neutrality Act

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • 1940 Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate
  • 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

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1944 Karol Wojtyla, future Pope John Paul II, is run down and injured by a Nazi truck in Krakow

264th Pope John Paul II
264th Pope
John Paul II
  • 1948 Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died
  • 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

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1956 President Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower

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1960 1st playboy club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

Playboy Founder & Businessman Hugh Hefner
Playboy Founder & Businessman
Hugh Hefner
  • 1960 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)

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1960 JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

35th US President John F. Kennedy
35th US President
John F. Kennedy

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

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1968 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
  • 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 Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party
  • 1980 Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England

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1984 Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister

Prime Minister of Canada Pierre Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Pierre Trudeau
  • 1988 KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
  • 1988 Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WW II deportations
  • 1992 Professional Spring Football League begins
  • 1996 Soyuz TM-23, lands
  • 2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.