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29th of February 1504 EVENT Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
29th of February 1704 EVENT Queen Anne's War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 100 men, women, and children.
29th of February 1712 EVENT February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.
29th of February 1720 EVENT Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I.
29th of February 1864 EVENT American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails : plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted.
29th of February 1892 EVENT St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
29th of February 1916 EVENT Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
29th of February 1932 EVENT 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.
29th of February 1936 EVENT Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.
29th of February 1940 EVENT For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.
29th of February 1940 EVENT In a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden's Consul General in San Francisco.
29th of February 1940 EVENT Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
29th of February 1944 EVENT World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur.
29th of February 1952 EVENT The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
29th of February 1956 EVENT U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces to the nation that he is running for a second term.
29th of February 1960 EVENT Family Circus makes its debut.
29th of February 1960 EVENT An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.
29th of February 1964 EVENT In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
29th of February 1972 EVENT Vietnam War: Vietnamization : South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam.
29th of February 1972 EVENT Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.
29th of February 1980 EVENT Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal.
29th of February 1984 EVENT Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces he will retire as soon as the Liberals can elect another leader.
29th of February 1988 EVENT Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.
29th of February 1988 EVENT South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town
29th of February 1996 EVENT Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes, killing 123 people.
29th of February 2004 EVENT Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.
29th of February 1528 DEATH Patrick Hamilton, Scottish religious reformer (Born 1504)
29th of February 1592 DEATH Alessandro Striggio, Italian composer (Born 1540)
29th of February 1600 DEATH Caspar Hennenberger, German Lutheran pastor, historian and cartographer (Born 1529)
29th of February 1604 DEATH John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury (Born 1530)
29th of February 1740 DEATH Pietro Ottoboni, Italian cardinal (Born 1667)
29th of February 1744 DEATH John Theophilus Desaguliers, French philosopher (Born 1683)
29th of February 1820 DEATH Johann Joachim Eschenburg, German literary critic (Born 1743)
29th of February 1848 DEATH Louis-Francois, Baron Lejeune, French general and painter (Born 1775)
29th of February 1868 DEATH Ludwig I of Bavaria (Born 1786)
29th of February 1880 DEATH Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (Born 1812, also on 29 February)
29th of February 1908 DEATH Pat Garrett, U.S. gunslinger (Born 1850)
29th of February 1908 DEATH John Hope, 1st Marquess of Linlithgow, first Governor-General of Australia (Born 1860)
29th of February 1920 DEATH Ernie Courtney, American baseball player (Born 1875)
29th of February 1928 DEATH Ina Coolbrith, first poet laureate of California (Born 1841)
29th of February 1940 DEATH Edward Frederic Benson, English writer (Born 1867)
29th of February 1944 DEATH Pehr Evind Svinhufvud, President of Finland (Born 1861)
29th of February 1948 DEATH Rebel Oakes, American baseball player and manager (Born 1883)
29th of February 1956 DEATH Elpidio Quirino, President of the Philippines (Born 1890)
29th of February 1964 DEATH Frank Albertson, American actor (Born 1909)
29th of February 1968 DEATH Lena Blackburne, American baseball player and manager (Born 1886)
29th of February 1968 DEATH Tore ?rjasaeter, Norwegian poet (Born 1886)
29th of February 1980 DEATH Gil Elvgren, American artist (Born 1914)
29th of February 1992 DEATH Earl Scheib, American car repainter (Born 1908)
29th of February 1992 DEATH Ruth Pitter, English poet (Born 1897)
29th of February 1996 DEATH Shams Pahlavi, Persian princess (Born 1917)
29th of February 1996 DEATH Ralph Rowe, American baseball player and manager (Born 1924)
29th of February 2000 DEATH Dennis Danell, American guitarist (Social Distortion) (Born 1961)
29th of February 2004 DEATH Kagamisato Kiyoji, Japanese sumo wrestler, the 42nd Yokozuna (Born 1923)
29th of February 2004 DEATH Jerome Lawrence, American playwright (Born 1915)
29th of February 2008 DEATH Janet Kagan, American author (Born 1946)