On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1940

Day of the Week: Thursday

Historical Events

Film tv awardsAcademy Awards

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

  • Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
  • Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate

Event of interestEvent of Interest

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

Famous Birthdays

  • Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
  • Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer

Famous Deaths

  • Edward Frederic Benson, English novelist, dies at 72