29 February

February 29, also known as leap day or leap year day, is a date added to leap years. A leap day is added in various solar calendars, including the Gregorian calendar standard in most of the world. Lunisolar calendars instead add a leap or intercalary month.

We have some interesting facts & historic events all about February 29th, including areas in religion, crime, health and more.

Keep reading for more interesting facts about February 29th in history!

Table of Contents

  1. Global Celebrations
  2. Historic Events
  3. Famous Birthdays
  4. Heartbreaking Deaths

Global Celebrations

  • International Sword Swallowers Day
  • International Tongue Twister Da
  • International Underlings Day
  • Leap Year Day.

Historic Events

What Happened On This Day – February 29

1796: Ten years of peaceful trade due to the Jay

Treaty between the United States and Great Britain.

1892: St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated

1916: The United Kingdom annexes Tokelau

1916: South Carolina raises the minimum working age from twelve to fourteen years old for factory, mill, and mine workers

1940: Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award for her performance as Mammy in Gone With The Wind

1960: 12,000 dead and 12,000 injured when the 5.7 Mw

Agadir earthquake hits coastal Morocco

1972: South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam

1996: 123 passengers and crew perish when Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes

2008: Price Harry is removed from his tour of Afghanistan after the foreign media leaked his deployment

2012: Tokyo Skytree construction is finished making it the tallest tower in the world

Famous Birthdays

Births On This Day, February 29

1736: Ann Lee, American founder of Shakers (d. 1784)

1812: Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880)

1904: Jimmy Dorsey, American bandleader (d. 1957)

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

Heartbreaking Deaths

Deaths On This Day, February 29

1880: Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812) – He is the only person known to have been born and died on February 29!

2012: Davy Jones, English singer, songwriter and actor (The Monkees) (b. 1945)

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