On This Day

What Happened on February 29, 1944

Historical Events

  • 5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death

Historic Event

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

  • US troop land on Los Negros, Admiralty Islands

Famous Birthdays

  • David Briggs, American record producer (Neil Young and Crazy Horse), born in Douglas, Wyoming (d. 1995)
  • Dennis Farina, American actor (Get Shorty, Law & Order, Crime Story), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • Ene Ergma, Estonian politician
  • Geoff Nicholls, British rock keyboardist (Black Sabbath, 1980-2013), born in Birmingham, England (d. 2017)
  • John Niland, American NFL offensive guard (6 x Pro Bowl; 3 x All-Pro; Super Bowl 1971; Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles), born in Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
  • Phyllis Frelich, American actor (Love is Never Silent), born in Devil's Lake, North Dakota

Famous Deaths

  • Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)
1944 Highlights

About February 29, 1944

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 77 years, 9 months and 3 days
Leap Year: Yes

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