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February 29th - Leap Day


Today is Wednesday, Feb. 29, the 60th day of 2012. There are 306 days left in the year. This is Leap Day.

Today's Highlights in History:
On Feb. 29, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (also known as the Kerner Commission) warned that racism was causing America to move "toward two societies, one black, one white -- separate and unequal." The discovery of a "pulsar," a star which emits regular radio waves, was announced by Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell in Cambridge, England. At the Grammy Awards, the 5th Dimension's "Up, Up and Away" won record of the year for 1967, while album of the year honors went to The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

On this date:
In 1504, Christopher Columbus, stranded in Jamaica during his fourth voyage to the West, used a correctly predicted lunar eclipse to frighten hostile natives into providing food for his crew.
In 1644, Abel Tasman's second Pacific voyage began.
In 1704, Queen Anne's War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 56 villagers and taking more than 100 captive.
In 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.
In 1720, Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I.
In 1768, Polish nobles formed Bar Confederation.
In 1792, composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini was born in Pesaro, Italy.
In 1796, President George Washington proclaimed Jay's Treaty, which settled some outstanding differences with Britain, in effect.
In 1864, American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails, plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted.
In 1892, St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
In 1892, the United States and Britain agreed to submit to arbitration their dispute over seal-hunting rights in the Bering Sea. (A commission later ruled in favor of Britain.)
In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt appointed a seven-member commission to facilitate completion of the Panama Canal.
In 1908, the artist Balthus was born in Paris.
In 1916, Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
In 1920, Czechoslovak National assembly adopted the Constitution.
In 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.
In 1936, Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.
In 1936, February 26 Incident in Tokyo ends.
In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a second Neutrality Act as he appealed to American businesses not to increase exports to belligerents.
In 1940, "Gone with the Wind" won eight Academy Awards, including best picture of 1939; Hattie McDaniel won for best supporting actress, the first black performer so honored.
In 1940, Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
In 1940, In a ceremony held in Berkeley, Calif., because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden's Consul General in San Francisco.
In 1944, World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur.
In 1952, The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced he would seek a second term of office.
In 1960, An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.
In 1960, Family Circus makes its debut.
In 1960, the first Playboy Club, featuring waitresses clad in "bunny" outfits, opened in Chicago.
In 1964, In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
In 1972, Vietnam War: Vietnamization, South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam.
In 1972, Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.
In 1980, Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal.
In 1984, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces he will retire as soon as the Liberals can elect another leader.
In 1988, South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town
In 1988, Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.
In 1992, First day of Bosnia and Herzegovina independence referendum.
In 1996, Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes, killing 123 people.
In 1996, Daniel Green was convicted in Lumberton, N.C., of murdering James R. Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan, during a 1993 roadside holdup. (Green and an accomplice, Larry Martin Demery, were sentenced to life in prison.) A Peruvian Boeing 737 crashed on approach to Arequipa, killing all 123 people on board.

Twelve years ago (2000): George W. Bush won Republican presidential primaries in Virginia, Washington state and North Dakota, defeating John McCain; Vice President Al Gore crushed fellow Democrat Bill Bradley in Washington state. Six-year-old Kayla Rolland was fatally shot by a fellow first-grader at Buell Elementary School in Mount Morris Township, Mich. Sparky Anderson was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame along with Turkey Stearnes of the Negro leagues and 19th-century second baseman Bid McPhee. Kathie Lee Gifford announced her intention to leave the syndicated morning show "Live with Regis & Kathie Lee."

Eight years ago (2004): Facing rebellion, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and left for exile in the Central African Republic. (Aristide returned to Haiti in March 2011.) "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a record-tying 11 Academy Awards, including best picture; Sean Penn took the best-actor prize for "Mystic River" and Charlize Theron won best actress for "Monster." Playwright Jerome Lawrence died in Malibu, Calif., at age 88.

Four years ago (2008): Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama accused rival Hillary Rodham Clinton of trying to "play on people's fears to scare up votes" with a TV ad showing sleeping children and asking who would be more qualified to answer a national security emergency call at 3 a.m.

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Re: February 29th


Today's Birthdays: Actress Michele Morgan is 92. Former All-Star baseball player Al Rosen is 88. Actor Joss Ackland is 84. Actor Alex Rocco is 76. Former space shuttle astronaut Jack Lousma is 76. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople is 72. Actor Dennis Farina is 68. Actress Phyllis Frelich is 68. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins is 52. Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is 40. Rapper Ja Rule is 36.

Other notable birthdays, Feb. 29:
1924, Carlos Humberto Romero, President of El Salvador
1940, William H. Turner, Jr. American horse trainer
1944, Ene Ergma, Estonian politician
1952, Al Autry, American baseball player
1968, Chucky Brown, American basketball player
1968, Bryce Paup, American football player
1976, Terrence Long, American baseball player

Born on this day, Feb. 29, passed away:
1468, Pope Paul III (d. 1549)
1896, William A. Wellman, American film director (d. 1975)
1904, Jimmy Dorsey, American bandleader (d. 1957)
1904, Pepper Martin, baseball player (d. 1965)
1916, Dinah Shore, American singer and actress (d. 1994)
1944, Steve Mingori, American baseball player (d. 2008)
1956, Aileen Wuornos, American serial killer (d. 2002)
1972, Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)
1972, Pedro Zamora, Cuban-born American Real World housemate and AIDS activist (d. 1994)

Notable deaths, Feb. 29:
1880, Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)
1908, Pat Garrett, U.S. gunslinger, sheriff (b. 1850)
1964, Frank Albertson, American actor (b. 1909)
1996, Wes Farrell, American songwriter and musician (b. 1939)
1996, Ralph Rowe, American baseball player and manager (b. 1924)

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Re: February 29th


Today is Monday, Feb. 29, the 60th day of 2016. There are 306 days left in the year. This is Leap Day.

Today's Highlight in History:
On Feb. 29, 1916, singer, actress and TV personality Dinah Shore was born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tenn. (Shore, who claimed March 1, 1917 as her birthdate, died in 1994 just days before she would have turned 78.)

Twelve years ago (2004): Facing rebellion, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (zhahn behr-TRAHN' ahr-ihs-TEED') resigned and left for exile in the Central African Republic. (Aristide returned to Haiti in March 2011.) "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a record-tying 11 Academy Awards, including best picture; Sean Penn took the best-actor prize for "Mystic River" and Charlize Theron won best actress for portraying Aileen Wuornos in "Monster." Playwright Jerome Lawrence died in Malibu, Calif., at age 88.

Eight years ago (2008): Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama accused rival Hillary Rodham Clinton of trying to "play on people's fears to scare up votes" with a TV ad showing sleeping children and asking who would be more qualified to answer a national security emergency call at 3 a.m.

Four years ago (2012): Violent weather packing tornadoes continued to ravage the Midwest and South, resulting in some 15 deaths. Davy Jones, 66, the heartthrob singer who helped propel the made-for-TV rock band The Monkees to the top of the pop charts, died in Stuart, Fla.

Today's Birthdays: Actress Michele Morgan is 96. Actor Joss Ackland is 88. Former astronaut Jack Lousma is 80. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople is 76. Motivational speaker Tony Robbins is 56. Legal affairs blogger Eugene Volokh is 48. Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is 44. Poet, musician and hip-hop artist Saul Williams is 44. Rapper Ja Rule is 40. Songwriter-musician Chris Conley (Saves the Day) is 36. Singer-musician Mark Foster (Foster the People) is 32. Hockey player Cam Ward is 32.

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