What Happened on February 29

Significant Events

  • 1692 First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem Massachusetts - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave
  • 1904 Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus
  • 1960 Agadir earthquake in Morocco kills a third of the population (12,000-15,000)
  • 1984 Pierre Trudeau announces he is stepping down after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister
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February 29 in Film & TV

  • 1940 Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st African American woman to win an Oscar for "Gone with the Wind"

February 29 in Music

  • 1968 Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy Award for Album of the Year, the first rock LP to do so

February 29 in Sport

Did You Know?

1st playboy club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago

On February 29, 1960


Famous Weddings

  • 1816 Dutch (King) Willem II marries Russian grand-duchess Anna Paulowna
  • 1996 Fashion designer Nicole Miller (44) weds Kim Taipale (42) in the office of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani
  • 2012 "Diagnosis Murder" actor Dick Van Dyke (86) weds make-up artist Arlene Silver (40) in Malibu
  • 2016 Actor Michael C. Hall (45) weds editor Morgan MacGregor at New York's City Hall
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