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February 29th

February 29th is a date which only occurs in leap years. It is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of the year.

On this page, we have placed information about February 29th, including famous people born on, historical events that occurred on, holidays and observances that fall on, and astrological connections of, this day.
Famous People born on February 29th

1736 Ann Lee (founder of the Shakers)

1792 Gioachino Rossini (composer)

1840 John Philip Holland (engineer - developed early submarines)

John Philip Holland

1860 Herman Hollerith (inventor - punched cards)

1896 Morarji Desai (Prime Minister of India 1977-1979

1908 Balthus (artist)

1928 Tempest Storm (actress, burlesque performer)

1928 Joss Ackland (actor)

1932 Jaguar (Brazilian cartoonist)

1944 Dennis Farina (actor)

1948 Ken Foree (actor)

1952 Tim Powers (author)

1960 Richard Ramirez (serial killer - the "Night stalker"x)

1968 Eugene Volokh (law professor)

1976 Ja Rule (rapper)

February 29th in History

509 BC Republic forces led by Lucius Junius Brutus and Publius Valerius Publicola defeat the deposed king of Rome, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus at the Battle of Silva Arsia, thwarting his attempt to regain the throne.

1504 Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of the lunar eclipse to persuade native Americans to provide him with supplies.

Christophe Columbus

1712 Sweden follows February 29th with February 30th as part of its transition from the Swedish calendar to the Gregorian calendar.

1796 Jay Treaty comes into force between United States and Britain.

1892 City of St Petersburg incorporated.

1920 Czechoslovak National Assembly adopts a Constitution.

1940 Hattie McDaniel is the first African-American to win an Academy Award (for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind).

1940 Finland initiates peace negotiations with the USSR to end the Winter War.

1952 Heligoland returned to German sovereignty.

1972 Hank Aaron becomes first player in the history of Major League baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.

1988 Svend Robinson is the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.

1992 Bosnia and Herzegovina's first day of an independence referendum.

2012 Construction of the Tokyo Skytree is completed. It is the tallest tower in the world with a height of 634 meters (2,080 ft).

February 29th is also

Leap day (only occurs in Leap Years)

The traditional day for women to propose marriage to men.


People born on February 29th are Pisces


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