February 29 On This Day in History: February 29 February 29, also known as leap day or leap year day, is a date added to most years that are divisible by 4, such as 2016, 2020, and 2024.
Years that are divisible by 100, but not by 400, do not contain a leap day. Thus, 1700, 1800, and 1900 did not contain a leap day; neither will 2100, 2200, and 2300. Conversely, 1600 and 2000 did and 2400 will.
February 29 (when it occurs) is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar, with 306 days remaining until the end of the year.
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It is, as of 2017, the tallest tower in the world, 634 meters high, and second tallest artificial structure on Earth, next to Burj Khalifa. 2008 The United Kingdom's Ministry of Defence decides to withdraw Prince Harry from a tour of Afghanistan "immediately" after a leak led to his deployment being reported by foreign media. 2008 Misha Defonseca admits to fabricating her memoir, , in which she claimed to have lived with a pack of wolves in the woods during Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years the Holocaust. 2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide is removed as President of Haiti following a coup. 2000 Second Chechen War: Eighty-four Russian paratroopers are killed in a rebel attack on a guard post near Ulus Kert. 1996 Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes; all 123 passengers and crew die. 1996 Siege of Sarajevo officially ends. 1992 First day of Bosnia and Herzegovina independence referendum. 1988 South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 other clergymen during a five-day anti- apartheid demonstration in Cape Town. 1988 Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the House of Commons of Canada to come out as gay. 1980 Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal. 1972 Vietnam War: Vietnamization: South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam. 1964 In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds). 1960 The 5.7 M w Agadir earthquake shakes coastal Morocco with a maximum perceived intensity of X (, destroying Agadir, and leaving 12,000 dead and another 12,000 injured. Extreme) 1944 World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur. 1940 For her performance 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. 1936 February 26 Incident in Tokyo ends. 1920 Czechoslovak National assembly adopted the Constitution. 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. 1912 The Piedra Movediza (Moving Stone) of Tandil falls and breaks. 1892 St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated. 1864 American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails: Plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted. 1796 The Jay Treaty between the United States and Great Britain comes into force, facilitating ten years of peaceful trade between the two nations. 1768 Polish nobles formed Bar Confederation. 1752 King Alaungpaya founds Konbaung Dynasty, the last dynasty of Burmese monarchy. 1720 Ulrika Eleonora, Queen of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I on 24 March. 1712 February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Julian calendar. 1704 Queen Anne's War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts Bay Colony, killing 56 villagers and taking more than 100 captive. 1644 Abel Tasman's second Pacific voyage began. 1504 Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies. 🔽 Show All Births On This Day 1996 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, New Zealand rugby league player 1996 Claudia Williams, New Zealand tennis player 1992 Sean Abbott, Australian cricketer 1992 Ben Hampton, Australian rugby league player 1992 Caitlin EJ Meyer, American actress 1988 Lena Gercke, German model and television host 1988 Brent Macaffer, Australian Rules footballer 1988 Bobby Sanguinetti, American ice hockey player 1984 Rica Imai, Japanese model and actress 1984 Cullen Jones, American swimmer 1984 Nuria Martínez, Spanish basketball player 1984 Adam Sinclair, Indian field hockey player 1984 Rakhee Thakrar, English actress 1984 Dennis Walger, German rugby player 1984 Cam Ward, Canadian ice hockey player 1984 Mark Foster (singer), American singer, songwriter and musician 1980 Çağdaş Atan, Turkish footballer and coach 1980 Chris Conley, American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1980 Patrick Côté, Canadian mixed martial artist 1980 Simon Gagné, Canadian ice hockey player 1980 Rubén Plaza, Spanish cyclist 1980 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league player 1980 Taylor Twellman, American soccer player and sportscaster 1976 Gehad Grisha, Egyptian soccer referee 1976 Terrence Long, American baseball player 1976 Ja Rule, American rapper and actor 1972 Mike Pollitt, English footballer and coach 1972 Sylvie Lubamba, Italian showgirl 1972 Antonio Sabàto, Jr., Italian-American model and actor 1972 Pedro Sánchez, Prime Minister of Spain 1972 Dave Williams, American singer (d. 2002) 1972 Saul Williams, American singer-songwriter 1972 Pedro Zamora, Cuban-American activist and educator (d. 1994) 1968 Chucky Brown, American basketball player and coach 1968 Pete Fenson, American curler and sportscaster 1968 Naoko Iijima, Japanese actress and model 1968 Bryce Paup, American football player and coach 1968 Howard Tayler, American author and illustrator 1968 Eugene Volokh, Ukrainian-American lawyer and educator 1968 Frank Woodley, Australian actor, producer, and screenwriter 1964 Dave Brailsford, English cyclist and coach 1964 Lyndon Byers, Canadian ice hockey player and radio host 1964 Mervyn Warren, American tenor, composer, and producer 1960 Lucian Grainge, English businessman 1960 Khaled, Algerian singer-songwriter 1960 Richard Ramirez, American serial killer (d. 2013) 1956 Jonathan Coleman, English-Australian radio and television host 1956 Bob Speller, Canadian businessman and politician, 30th Canadian Minister of Agriculture 1956 Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002) 1952 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush, American journalist and producer 1952 Tim Powers, American author and educator 1952 Raisa Smetanina, Russian cross-country skier 1952 Bart Stupak, American police officer and politician 1948 Hermione Lee, English author, critic, and academic 1948 Patricia A. McKillip, American author 1948 Henry Small, American-born Canadian singer 1944 Ene Ergma, Estonian physicist and politician 1944 Dennis Farina, American police officer and actor (d. 2013) 1944 Nicholas Frayling, English priest and academic 1944 Phyllis Frelich, American actress (d. 2014) 1944 Steve Mingori, American baseball player (d. 2008) 1944 Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian author and illustrator 1940 Bartholomew I of Constantinople 1940 William H. Turner, Jr. American horse trainer 1936 Jack R. Lousma, American colonel, astronaut, and politician 1936 Henri Richard, Canadian ice hockey player 1936 Alex Rocco, American actor (d. 2015) 1932 Gene H. Golub, American mathematician and academic (d. 2007) 1932 Masten Gregory, American race car driver (d. 1985) 1932 Reri Grist, American soprano and actress 1932 Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist 1932 Gavin Stevens, Australian cricketer 1928 Joss Ackland, English actor 1928 Vance Haynes, American archaeologist, geologist, and author 1928 Seymour Papert, South African mathematician and computer scientist, co-created the Logo programming language (d. 2016) 1924 David Beattie, New Zealand judge and politician, 14th Governor-General of New Zealand (d. 2001) 1924 Carlos Humberto Romero, Salvadoran politician, President of El Salvador (d. 2017) 1924 Al Rosen, American baseball player and manager (d. 2015) 1920 Fyodor Abramov, Russian author and critic (d. 1983) 1920 Arthur Franz, American actor (d. 2006) 1920 James Mitchell, American actor and dancer (d. 2010) 1920 Michèle Morgan, French-American actress and singer (d. 2016) 1920 Howard Nemerov, American poet and academic (d. 1991) 1920 Rolland W. Redlin, American lawyer and politician (d. 2011) 1916 Dinah Shore, American singer and actress (d. 1994) 1916 James B. Donovan, American lawyer (d. 1970) 1916 Leonard Shoen, founder of U-Haul Corp. (d. 1999) 1908 Balthus, French-Swiss painter and illustrator (d. 2001) 1908 Dee Brown, American historian and author (d. 2002) 1908 Alf Gover, English cricketer and coach (d. 2001) 1908 Louie Myfanwy Thomas, Welsh writer (d. 1968) 1904 Jimmy Dorsey, American saxophonist, composer, and bandleader (d. 1957) 1904 Pepper Martin, American baseball player and manager (d. 1965) 1896 Morarji Desai, Indian civil servant and politician, 4th Prime Minister of India (d. 1995) 1896 William A. Wellman, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (d. 1975) 1892 Augusta Savage, American sculptor (d. 1962) 1884 Richard S. Aldrich, American lawyer and politician (d. 1941) 1860 Herman Hollerith, American statistician and businessman, co-founded the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (d. 1929) 1852 Frank Gavan Duffy, Irish-Australian lawyer and judge, 4th Chief Justice of Australia (d. 1936) 1836 Dickey Pearce, American baseball player and manager (d. 1908) 1828 Emmeline B. Wells, American journalist, poet, and activist (d. 1921) 1812 James Milne Wilson, Scottish-Australian soldier and politician, 8th Premier of Tasmania (d. 29 February 1880) 1792 Gioachino Rossini, Italian pianist and composer (d. 1868) 1736 Ann Lee, English-American religious leader, founded the Shakers (d. 1784) 1724 Eva Marie Veigel, Austrian-English dancer (d. 1822) 1692 John Byrom, English poet and educator (d. 1763) 1640 Benjamin Keach, Particular Baptist preacher and author whose name was given to Keach's Catechism (d. 1704) 1576 Antonio Neri, Florentine priest and glassmaker (d. 1614) 1572 Edward Cecil, 1st Viscount Wimbledon (d. 1638) 1528 Albert V, Duke of Bavaria (d. 1579) 1528 Domingo Báñez, Spanish theologian (d. 1604) 1468 Pope Paul III (d. 1549) 🔽 Show All Deaths On This Day 2016 Wenn V. Deramas, Filipino director and screenwriter (b. 1966) 2016 Gil Hill, American police officer, actor and politician (b. 1931) 2016 Josefin Nilsson, Swedish singer (b. 1969) 2016 Louise Rennison, English author (b. 1951) 2012 Roland Bautista, American guitarist (b. 1951) 2012 Davy Jones, English singer, guitarist and actor (b. 1945) 2012 Sheldon Moldoff, American illustrator (b. 1920) 2012 P. K. Narayana Panicker, Indian social leader (b. 1930) 2008 Janet Kagan, American author (b. 1946) 2008 Erik Ortvad, Danish painter and illustrator (b. 1917) 2008 Akira Yamada, Japanese scholar and philosopher (b. 1922) 2004 Kagamisato Kiyoji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 42nd Yokozuna (b. 1923) 2004 Jerome Lawrence, American playwright and author (b. 1915) 2004 Harold Bernard St. John, Barbadian lawyer and politician, 3rd Prime Minister of Barbados (b. 1931) 2004 Lorrie Wilmot, South African cricketer (b. 1943) 2000 Dennis Danell, American guitarist (b. 1961) 1996 Wes Farrell, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1939) 1996 Ralph Rowe, American baseball player, coach and manager (b. 1924) 1992 Ruth Pitter, English poet and author (b. 1897) 1988 Sidney Harmon, American screenwriter and producer (b. 1907) 1984 Ludwik Starski, Polish screenwriter and songwriter (b. 1903) 1980 Yigal Allon, Israeli general and politician, Prime Minister of Israel (b. 1918) 1980 Gil Elvgren, American painter and illustrator (b. 1914) 1976 Florence P. Dwyer, American politician (b. 1902) 1972 Tom Davies, American football player and coach (b. 1896) 1968 Lena Blackburne, American baseball player, coach and manager (b. 1886) 1968 Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet and educator (b. 1886) 1964 Frank Albertson, American actor and singer (b. 1909) 1960 Melvin Purvis, American police officer and FBI agent (b. 1903) 1960 Walter Yust, American journalist and author (b. 1894) 1956 Elpidio Quirino, Filipino lawyer and politician, 6th President of the Philippines (b. 1890) 1952 Quo Tai-chi, Chinese politician and diplomat, Permanent Representative of China to the United Nations (b. 1888) 1948 Robert Barrington-Ward, English lawyer and journalist (b. 1891) 1948 Rebel Oakes, American baseball player and manager (b. 1883) 1944 Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, Finnish lawyer, judge and politician, 3rd President of Finland (b. 1861) 1940 E. F. Benson, English archaeologist and author (b. 1867) 1928 Adolphe Appia, Swiss architect and theorist (b. 1862) 1928 Ina Coolbrith, American poet and librarian (b. 1841) 1920 Ernie Courtney, American baseball player (b. 1875) 1908 Pat Garrett, American sheriff (b. 1850) 1908 John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, Scottish-Australian politician, 1st Governor-General of Australia (b. 1860) 1880 James Milne Wilson, Scottish-Australian soldier and politician, 8th Premier of Tasmania (b. 29 February 1812) 1868 Ludwig I of Bavaria (b. 1786) 1852 Matsudaira Katataka, Japanese daimyō (b. 1806) 1848 Louis-François Lejeune, French general, painter and lithographer (b. 1775) 1820 Johann Joachim Eschenburg, German historian and critic (b. 1743) 1792 Johann Andreas Stein, German piano builder (b. 1728) 1744 John Theophilus Desaguliers, French-English physicist and philosopher (b. 1683) 1740 Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal (b. 1667) 1604 John Whitgift, English archbishop and academic (b. 1530) 1600 Caspar Hennenberger, German pastor, historian and cartographer (b. 1529) 1592 Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer and diplomat (b. 1540) 1528 Patrick Hamilton, Scottish Protestant reformer and martyr (b. 1504) 1460 Albert III, Duke of Bavaria-Munich (b. 1401) 1212 Hōnen, Japanese monk, founded Jōdo-shū (b. 1133) 992 Oswald of Worcester, French archbishop and saint (b. 925) 468 Pope Hilarius 🔽 Show All