This Day in History for 29th February

Historical Events

Events 1 - 67 of 67

1504 - Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians
1692 - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne & Tituba, an Indian servant first people to be accused of witchcraft in Salem Mass.
1696 - English ex-premier Earl Danby accused of corruption
1704 - French & Indians attack Deerfield, Mass, kill 50, abduct 100
1712 - February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.
1720 - Queen Ulrica Eleonora of Sweden resigns
1780 - The Omicron Delta Omega fraternity was founded by Benjamin Franklin at James Madison University.
1784 - Marquis de Sade transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille
1796 - Jay's Treaty proclaimed, settles some differences with England
1832 - Charles Darwin visits jungle near Bahia Brazil
Naturalist Charles DarwinNaturalist Charles Darwin 1836 - Giacomo Meyerbeers opera "Les Huguenots," premieres in Paris
1848 - Neufchatel declares independence of Switzerland
1856 - Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease
1868 - 1st British government of Disraeli forms
1880 - Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed
1892 - Britain & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea
1892 - St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
1904 - Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus
1908 - Dutch scientists produce solid helium
1932 - Failed coup attempt by fascist Lapua Movement in Finland
26th US President Theodore Roosevelt26th US President Theodore Roosevelt 1932 - TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William "Alfalfa" Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.
1936 - FDR signs 2nd neutrality act
1940 - 45 U boats sunk this month (170,000 ton)
1940 - Frederic from G & S "Pirates of Penzance" finally released by pirate
1940 - "Gone with the Wind," wins 8 Oscars
1940 - Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar
1940 - 12th Academy Awards - "Gone with the Wind," Robert Donat & Vivien Leigh win
1940 - Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
1944 - 5 leaders of Indonesia Communist Party sentenced to death
32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1944 - US troop land on Los Negros, Admirality Islands
1948 - Stern-group bomb Cairo-Haifa train, 27 British soldiers died
1952 - Ice Dance Championship at Paris France won by Westwood & Demmy GRB
1952 - Ice Pairs Championship at Paris won by Ria Falk & Paul Falk of GER
1952 - Ladies Figure Skating Champ in Paris won by Jacqueline du Bief of FRA
1952 - Men's Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
1952 - The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
1956 - Islamic Republic forms in Pakistan
1956 - Pres Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term
1960 - 1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opens in Chicago
1960 - Earthquake kills 1/3 of Agadir Morocco population (12,000) in 15 sec
35th US President John F. Kennedy35th US President John F. Kennedy 1960 - JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue
1960 - KRET TV channel 23 in Richardson, TX (PBS) begins broadcasting
1964 - "Rugantino" closes at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC after 28 performances
1964 - Frank Rugani sets badminton shuttlecock distance record, 24.3 m
1964 - LBJ reveals US secretly developed the A-11 jet fighter
1964 - NC high school basketball teams play to 56-54 score in 13 overtime
1968 - 1st pulsar announced (CP 1919 by Jocelyn Burnell at Cambridge)
1968 - Beatles' "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" wins Grammy
36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson 1968 - Howard Hanson's 6th Symphony, premieres
1968 - US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
1968 - US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1968 - National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Kerner Comm) reports against racism & demands aid given to blacks
1972 - Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year
1972 - Jack Anderson discloses Dita Beard (ITT) memo indicating antitrust charges were dropped for $400,000 contribution to Republican Party
1980 - Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals
1980 - Michael Bracey ends 59 h 55 m trapped in an elevator, England
Ice Hockey Legend Gordie HoweIce Hockey Legend Gordie Howe 1984 - Canadian PM Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced he is stepping down
1988 - KWK-FM in St Louis Missouri changes call letters to WKBG
1988 - Mark Greatbatch scores 107* v England on Test Cricket debut
1988 - NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs
1988 - Nazi document implicates Waldheim in WW II deportations
1992 - Dawn Coe wins LPGA Women's Kemper Golf Open
1992 - Professional Spring Football League begins
1996 - Kenya defeat West Indies (all out 93) in Cricket World Cup
US President & Actor Ronald ReaganUS President & Actor Ronald Reagan 1996 - Soyuz TM-23, lands
2004 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.
2004 - 76th Academy Awards - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 110

1468 - Paul III, last Renaissance Pope (1534-49)
1692 - Edward Cave, England, printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)
1692 - John Byrom, English poet (d. 1763)
1696 - Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard, composer
1724 - Eva Marie Veigel, ballet dancer and wife of actor David Garrick (d.1822)
1728 - Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)
1736 - Ann Lee, Manchester England, American founder of Shakers (d. 1784)
Founder of the Shakers Ann LeeFounder of the Shakers Ann Lee (1736) 1784 - Franz KL von Klenze, German architect (Hermitage, St-Petersburg)
1792 - Gioacchino Rossini, Pesaro Italy, composer (Barber of Seville)
1792 - Karl Ernst von Baler, Russia, naturalist (discovered human ovum)
1796 - [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgian astronomer/meteorology
1812 - Hermann Hirschboch, German composer
1812 - Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880, also on 29 February)
1820 - Adolf Schimon, composer
1828 - Antonio Guzman Blanco, president Venezuela
1840 - John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, father of the modern submarine
Engineer John Philip HollandEngineer John Philip Holland (1840) 1852 - Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
1860 - Herman Hollerith, inventor (1st electric tabulating machine)
1884 - Alfred Sendrey, composer
1892 - Augusta Savage (Fells), Green Cove Springs Florida, African-American sculptor and equal rights advocate
1896 - Omer C F L Tulippe, Belgian geographer
1896 - Ranchhodji Morarji Desai, premier of India (1977-79)
1896 - Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)
1896 - William W Wellman, Brookline Mass, director (Star is Born)
1896 - Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer
1904 - Alan Richardson, composer
1904 - Jimmy Dorsey, Shenandoah Pa, orchestra leader (Stage Show)
1904 - John "Pepper" Martin, baseballer (NL stolen base leader 1933,34,36)
1904 - Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen
1904 - Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)
1908 - Alf Gover, cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach)
1908 - Balthus, painter (Valerie)
1920 - Arthur Franz, Perth Amboy NJ, actor (Invaders From Mars, Young Lions)
1920 - James Mitchell, Sacramento California, actor (Palmer-All My Children)
1920 - Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)
1920 - Michèle Morgan, French actress
1920 - Ivan Petrov, Russian operatic bass (d. 2003)
1924 - David Beattie, British governor-general of NZ
1924 - Otto Hutter, physiologist
1924 - Al Rosen, American baseball player
1928 - Alan Loveday, British(?) violinist
1928 - Joss Ackland, London England, actor (Queenie, To Kill a Priest)
1928 - McHenry Boatwright, signer
1928 - Terry Lewis, Australian police commissioner
1928 - Tempest Storm, American burlesque performer
1932 - Gavin Stevens, cricket (Australian bat on 59-60 India/Pakistan tour)
1932 - Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist
1932 - Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)
1932 - Masten Gregory, American F1 Driver (d. 1985)
1932 - Reri Grist, African-American coloratura soprano
1936 - Alex Rocco, actor (Blue Knight, Stanley, Stunt Man)
1936 - Alwin Schockemohle, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)
1936 - Henri "Rocket" Richard, NHL center (Montreal Canadiens)
1936 - Jack R Lousma, Grand Rapids Mich, Col USMC/astronaut (Skylab 3, STS-3)
1940 - Gretchen Christopher, British(?) pop singer
1940 - Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
1944 - David Briggs, record producer
1944 - Phyllis Frelich, Devil's Lake ND, actor (Love is Never Silent)
1944 - Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
1944 - Ene Ergma, Estonian politician
1944 - Dennis Farina, Chicago, IL, actor (Get Short, Law & Order), (d. 2013)
1948 - Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
1948 - Patricia [Anne] McKillip, US, sci-fi author (Fool's Run)
1948 - Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)
1948 - Jirō Akagawa, Japanese novelist
1952 - Bart Stupak, (Rep-D-Michigan)
1952 - Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)
1952 - Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)
1952 - Tim[othy] Powers, Buffalo, New York, American sci-fi author (Last Call, Declare)
1952 - Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American television personality
1956 - Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra-I Don't Know, I Don't Care)
1956 - Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian entertainer
1956 - Bob Speller, Canadian politician
1956 - Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
1956 - J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebrity journalist
1960 - Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician
1960 - Khaled, Algerian raï musician
1960 - Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
1960 - Richard Ramirez, El Paso, Texas, serial killer (Night Stalker)
1964 - Henrik Sundstrom, Sweden, tennis star
1964 - James RB Ogilvy, son of English princess Alexandra
1964 - Jahred Shane, Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of Hed PE
1968 - Bryce Paup, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills)
1968 - Cary Conklin, NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)
1968 - Chucky Brown, NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)
1968 - Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist
1968 - Pete Fenson, American curler
1968 - Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress
1968 - Eugene Volokh, American law professor
1968 - Frank Woodley, Australian comedian
1972 - Antonio Sabato Jr, actor (Jagger Cates-General Hospital)
1972 - Chris Devine, Allentown Pa, diver (Olympics-96)
1972 - Cyrus Beasley, Rowe NY, rower (Olympics-1996)
1972 - Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chic Bears)
1972 - Mark Farraway, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)
1972 - Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
1976 - Bryan Gillooly, Auburn NY, diver (Olympics-96)
Rapper Ja RuleRapper Ja Rule (1976) 1976 - Ja Rule, American rapper and actor
1976 - Emma Barton, English actress
1976 - Terrence Long, American baseball player

Famous Weddings

Weddings 1 - 3 of 3

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

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 38 of 38

468 - Pope St. Hilarius (461-468), calendar reformer, dies (birth date unknown)
1528 - Patrick Hamilton, Scottish protestant martyr, burned at stake
1592 - Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer (b. 1540)
1604 - John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury (1583-1604), dies at about 74
1740 - Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal (b. 1667)
1744 - John Theophilus Desaguliers, French philosopher (b. 1683)
1820 - Johann Joachim Eschenburg, German literary critic (b. 1743)
1844 - Thaddaus Weigl, composer, dies at 67
1852 - John Landseer, printer/engraver (Royal Academy), dies
1868 - Ludwig/Louis I, King of Bavaria, dies at 81
1880 - Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)
1908 - Pat Garrett, U.S. gunslinger
1908 - John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (as Lord Hopetoun)
1916 - Edward H J Keurvels, Flemish conductor/composer (Parisina), dies at 62
1928 - Adolphe Appia, Swiss set designer/theorist, dies at 65
1928 - Armando V Diaz, Italian marshal/minister of War (1922-24), dies at 66
1928 - Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California (b. 1841)
1932 - "Big Ed" Morris, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies
1940 - Edward Frederic Benson, novelist, dies
1944 - Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)
1956 - Elpidio Quirino, president of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65
FBI Agent Melvin PurvisFBI Agent Melvin Purvis (1960) 1960 - Melvin Purvis, American FBI Agent, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56
1964 - Frank Albertson, actor (Room Service), dies at 55
1964 - Victor van Straelen, Flemish biologist/paleontologist, dies at 74
1968 - Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
1980 - Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
1980 - Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
1984 - Roland Culver, actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83
1992 - Earl Scheib, CEO (Earl Scheib Auto Paint), dies at 85
1992 - Johnny Mack, British actor (Time Lord-Dr Who), dies at 70
1992 - Ruth Pitter, English poet (b. 1897)
1996 - Duncan Stuart Wilson Fighter pilot-MacDonald, dies at 83
1996 - Joe Minogue, journalist, dies at 72
1996 - John Grant, rear-admiral, dies at 87
1996 - Wes Farrell, songwriter, dies at 56
2000 - Dennis Danell, American artist (b. 1961)
2004 - Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (b. 1915)
Singer Davy JonesSinger Davy Jones (2012) 2012 - Davy Jones, English musician, dies from heart attack at 66

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