On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1840

Day of the Week: Saturday

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestJohn Philip Holland

John Philip Holland, Irish engineer and father of the modern submarine, born in Liscannor, Ireland (d. 1914)

  • William Harvey Carney, American Civil War soldier (first African-American to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor), born in Norfolk, Virginia (d. 1908)