On This Day in History, February 29

This date is rare to come by, for only a leap year has February 29. Wouldn’t it be amazing to learn about events that happened on this day and made a historic mark? Below is a list you should go through to keep up with the happenings of this date.

  • 1860 -The first electric tabulating machine was invented by Herman Hollerith.
  • 1936 -US President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the 2nd Neutrality Act.
  • 1940 -Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American person to be nominated for and win an Academy Award.
  • 1944 -Dorothy McElroy Vredenburgh of Alabama became the first woman to be appointed secretary of a national political party.
  • 1944 -The Office of Defense Transportation, for the second year in a row, restricted attendance at the Kentucky Derby to residents of the Louisville area.
  • 1944 -General MacArthur and Allied forces invaded the Admiralty Islands, beginning Operation Brewer, and faced fierce battles against Japanese forces.
  • 1956 -The Islamic Republic was formed in Pakistan.
  • 1960 -The popularly syndicated comic strip Family Circus created by Bil Keane made its debut.
  • 1960 -Agadir earthquake in Morocco killed a third of the population.
  • 1968 -National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders reported against racism & demanded that aid be given to blacks.
  • 1972 -Hank Aaron signed a $200,000 dollar contract, thus becoming the first player in Major League Baseball to get that large of a contract.
  • 1984 -Pierre Trudeau announced his resignation after 15 years as Canadian Prime Minister.
  • 1988 -NYC Mayor Koch called Reagan a “WIMP” in the war on drugs.
  • 1988 -“Day by Day” premiered on NBC-TV.
  • 1988 -Nazi document implicated Kurt Waldheim in WWII deportations.
  • 2004 -Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned as the President of Haiti following a popular rebel uprising.
  • 2010 -In Japan, the Tokyo Sky tree tower was completed.
  • 2012 -North Korea agreed to a moratorium on nuclear missile tests and uranium enrichment after participating in talks with the United States.
  • 2012 -Singer of the popular Sixties group, The Monkees, Davy Jones died on this day.
  • 2020 -US and Taliban signed a deal to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan.

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