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Daily Trivia Facts - February 29

Births

1468 - Pope Paul III (d. 1549)
1692 - John Byrom, English poet (d. 1763)
1736 - Ann Lee, American founder of Shakers (d. 1784)
1792 - Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer (d. 1868)
1840 - John Philip Holland, Irish inventor (d. 1914)
1852 - Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)
1860 - Herman Hollerith, American statistician (d. 1929)
1896 - Morarji Desai, Prime Minister of India (d. 1995)
1896 - William A. Wellman, American film director (d. 1975)
1904 - Jimmy Dorsey, American bandleader (d. 1957)
1904 - Pepper Martin, baseball player (d. 1965)
1908 - Balthus, French-Polish painter (d. 2001)
1908 - Dee Brown, American writer and historian (d. 2002)
1908 - Alf Gover, English cricketer (d. 2001)
1916 - Dinah Shore, American singer (d. 1994)
1920 - James Mitchell, American actor
1920 - Michèle Morgan, French actress
1920 - Howard Nemerov, American poet (d. 1991)
1924 - Al Rosen, baseball player
1928 - Tempest Storm, actress and burlesque performer
1932 - Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist
1936 - Jack Lousma, astronaut
1936 - Henri Richard, Canadian hockey player
1936 - Alex Rocco, American actor
1940 - Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople
1944 - Phyllis Frelich, deaf American actress/Tony Winner
1944 - Dennis Farina, American actor
1944 - Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator
1952 - Tim Powers, American writer
1952 - Raisa Smetanina, Russian cross-country skier
1952 - Bart Stupak, American politician
1956 - Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian radio and television personality
1956 - Bob Speller, Canadian politician
1956 - Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
1960 - Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician and record producer
1960 - Richard Ramirez, American serial killer
1960 - Tony Robbins, American motivational speaker
1964 - Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player
1968 - Bryce Paup, American football player
1968 - Pete Fenson, American curler
1972 - Antonio Sabato Jr., Italian-born actor
1972 - Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
1972 - Pedro Zamora, Cuban-born American AIDS activist (d. 1994)
1976 - Ja Rule, American rapper and actor
1980 - Simon Gagné, Canadian hockey player
1980 - Taylor Twellman, American soccer player
1984 - Darren Ambrose, English footballer
1984 - Cam Ward, Canadian hockey player

Deaths

1528 - Patrick Hamilton, Scottish religious reformer (martyred) (b. 1504)
1592 - Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer
1604 - John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1530)
1744 - John Theophilus Desaguliers, French philosopher (b. 1683)
1820 - Johann Joachim Eschenburg, German literary critic (b. 1743)
1868 - Ludwig I of Bavaria (b. 1786)
1940 - Edward Frederic Benson, American writer (b. 1867)
1944 - Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (b. 1861)
1956 - Elpidio Quirino, President of the Philippines (b. 1890)
1968 - Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
1980 - Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
1992 - Ruth Pitter, English poet (b. 1897)
2000 - Kayla Rolland, school shooting victim (b. 1993)
2004 - Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (b. 1915)

Events

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 War: French forces and Native Americans attack and destroy Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 100 men, women, and children.
1712 - February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.
1720 - Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband who becomes King Frederick I
1864 - American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren raid fails - Plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted.
1892 - St. Petersburg, Florida 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.
1936 - Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.
1940 - For her role 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 due to the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives his 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from the Sweden's Consul General in San Francisco.
1944 - World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in the American General Douglas MacArthur-led Operation Brewer.
1952 - The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
1956 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces to the nation that he is running for a second term. (He defeats Adlai E. Stevenson that November 6, in a rematch of the 1952 election.)
1960 - An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.
1964 - In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
1972 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization - South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam.
1972 - Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.
1984 - Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces he will retire as soon as the Liberals can elect another leader.
1988 - The sitcom Day by Day premieres on NBC.
1988 - South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town
1992 - Opening night of U2's elaborate Zoo TV Tour in Lakeland, Florida.
1996 - Novelist Joan Collins awarded US $1 million from Random House for breach of contract.
1996 - A Peruvian Boeing 737 crashes in the Andes, killing 123 people.
2000 - Six year old Dedrick Owens shoots and kills Kayla Rolland, also six years old, at Theo J. Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township, Michigan. [1]
2004 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.
2004 - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins the Best Picture Oscar, along with 10 other awards, at the 76th Annual Academy Awards.

Holidays

Bahá'í Faith - Day 4 of Ayyám-i-Há (Intercalary Days) (in leap years only) - days in the Bahá'í calendar devoted to service and gift giving.
Discordianism - St. Tib's Day.
     
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