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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.

Lottery News On This Day

2012
Feds seize gambling site Bodog, indict founder. The sports gambling site Bodog was shut down and four Canadians indicted, including founder Calvin Ayre, for illegal gambling that generated more than $100 million in winnings, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
2008
Soldier wins $1 million lottery jackpot, will return to Iraq. After completing two tours in Iraq, Sgt. Wayne Leyde won $1 million from a scratch-and-win lotto ticket on Tuesday.

Top 25 Lottery Jackpots On This Day

1.$348 Million
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Mar 2, 2019
2.$321 Million
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Mar 3, 2018
3.$291.4 Million
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Mar 2, 2016
4.$275 Million
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Mar 2, 2007
5.$273 Million
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Mar 1, 2019
6.$243 Million
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Mar 2, 2018
7.$240 Million
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Mar 4, 2014
8.$212 Million
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Mar 3, 2009
9.$153 Million
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Mar 1, 2008
10.$135 Million
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Mar 1, 2016
11.€106.58 Million
US$130.25 Million
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Mar 1, 2018
12.€113.38 Million
US$128.91 Million
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Mar 2, 2019
13.€100 Million
US$126.59 Million
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Mar 6, 2009
14.$114 Million
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Mar 3, 2010
15.$112 Million
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Mar 1, 2005
15.$112 Million
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Mar 2, 2010
17.$108 Million
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Mar 2, 2012
18.$105 Million
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Mar 3, 2007
19.$103 Million
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Mar 2, 2013
20.$100 Million
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Mar 1, 2000
21.$90 Million
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Mar 4, 2015
22.€79 Million
US$88.34 Million
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Mar 3, 2015
23.$88 Million
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Mar 1, 2011
24.$83 Million
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Mar 3, 2017
25.€59 Million
US$82.45 Million
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Mar 4, 2011

Lottery Post Member Birthdays On This Day

1972
Tuesday, Feb 29, 1972
48 years old
1948
Sunday, Feb 29, 1948
72 years old
1948
Sunday, Feb 29, 1948
72 years old
1940
Thursday, Feb 29, 1940
80 years old
1936
Saturday, Feb 29, 1936
84 years old

Worldwide Events On This Day

2012
Tokyo Skytree construction completed. 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, Misha: A Mémoire of the Holocaust Years, in which she claimed to have lived with a pack of wolves in the woods during 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 MwAgadir earthquake shakes coastal Morocco with a maximum perceived intensity of X (Extreme), destroying Agadir, and leaving 12,000 dead and another 12,000 injured.
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.

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)

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

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