What Happened on February 29, 1940

Historical Events

Academy Awards

12th Academy Awards: "Gone With The Wind" wins eight Oscars, Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh also win

Golf Tournament

American golfer Jimmy Demaret wins his third PGA Tour event within an 8-day span, taking the St. Petersburg Open by 1 stroke from Byron Nelson

  • Detroit's Cecil "Tiny" Thompson becomes first goaltender in NHL history to play 40 (or more) games for 12 straight seasons; milestone comes in a 3-1 Red Wings loss at Toronto
  • Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
  • Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate

Academy Awards

Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st African American woman to win an Oscar for "Gone With The Wind"


1940 History

Famous Birthdays

  • Billy Turner Jr., American thoroughbred trainer (Triple Crown 1977 Seattle Slew), born in Rochester, New York (d. 2021)
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople (1991- ), born in Zeytinliköy, Imbros, Turkey
  • Gretchen Christopher, American singer (The Fleetwoods), born in Olympia, Washington
Born in 1940

Famous Deaths

  • Edward Frederic Benson, English novelist, dies at 72

About February 29, 1940

Day of the Week: Thursday
How Long Ago? 83 years, 3 months and 1 day
Leap Year: Yes

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces