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Interesting historical events occurring on February 29…

February 28, 2012

Leap Day is today.  The next one is in 2016.  306 days left this year…

Here’s what has happened on this day that only occurs every 4 years…

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Christopher Columbus

1504 – Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.

1704 – Queen Anne’s WarFrench forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 56 villagers and taking more than 100 captive.

1864 – American Civil WarKilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails – plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted.

1892 – St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.

1916 – Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.

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.

1940 – For her role as Mammy in Gone with the WindHattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.

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.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower

1956 – U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces to the nation that he is running for a second term.

1960 – Family Circus makes its debut.

1972 – Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.

Leap Year Babies or Leaplings:

1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer and actress (d. 1994)

1924 – Al Rosen, American baseball player

1944 – Dennis Farina, American actor

1960 – Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker

1976 – Ja Rule, American rapper and actor

Leap Year Deaths:

Nobody I felt compelled to include.

See ya tomorrow…



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