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February 29 Historical Events

The following events took place on February 29. The list is arranged in chronological order.

Found 31 events. Showing 1 - 30.

  • 1504
    Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
  • 1644
    Abel Tasman’s second Pacific voyage began.
  • 1704
    Queen Anne’s War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 56 villagers and taking more than 100 captive.
  • 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 Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I on 24 March.
  • 1752
    King Alaungpaya founds Konbaung Dynasty, the last dynasty of Burmese monarchy.
  • 1768
    Polish nobles formed Bar Confederation.
  • 1796
    The Jay Treaty between the United States and Great Britain comes into force, facilitating ten years of peaceful trade between the two nations.
  • 1864
    American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails – plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted.
  • 1892
    St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
  • 1912
    The Piedra Movediza (Moving Stone) of Tandil falls and breaks.
  • 1916
    Tokelau is annexed by the United Kingdom.
  • 1916
    Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
  • 1920
    Czechoslovak National assembly adopted the Constitution.
  • 1936
    Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.
  • 1936
    February 26 Incident in Tokyo ends.
  • 1940
    For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.
  • 1940
    Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations.
  • 1940
    In a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden’s Consul General in San Francisco.
  • 1944
    World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur.
  • 1952
    The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
  • 1960
    An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.
  • 1964
    In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
  • 1972
    Vietnam War: Vietnamization – South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam.
  • 1980
    Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal.
  • 1988
    South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town.
  • 1988
    Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.
  • 1992
    First day of Bosnia and Herzegovina independence referendum.
  • 1996
    Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes, all 123 passengers and crew died.
  • 2004
    Jean-Bertrand Aristide is removed as President of Haiti following a coup.

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