Tuesday, May 21, 2024 (Week 21)

February 29 in History

What happened on February 29 in history?

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on february 29 in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened on february 29 in history.

A Nazi document is discovered that implicates participation of Austrian president and former U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim in WWII deportations.
Henry “Hank” Aaron becomes first baseball player to sign a baseball contract for $200,000 a year.
Jocelyn Burnell, of Cambridge University, discovers first pulsar.
The Beatles win a Grammy Award for their album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
President Lyndon B. Johnson reveals the U.S. secretly developed the Lockheed A-11 jet fighter.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces he will seek second term.
The first pedestrian “Walk/Don’t Walk” signs are installed at 44th Street and Broadway at Times Square.
US forces catch Japanese troops off-guard and easily take control of the Admiralty Islands in Papua New Guinea.
Dorothy Vredenburgh accepts an appointment by the Democratic National Committee becoming the first woman secretary of a national political party in the U.S.
Hattie McDaniel is first African American to win an Academy Award–best supporting actress–for her performance in Gone With The Wind.
British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli forms his first cabinet.
Union Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick splits his forces at the Rapidan River ordering Col. Ulric Dahlgren to lead 500 men his men to Goochland Court House, while the remainder followed Kilpatrick in his raid on Richmond.
Lt. William B. Cushing leads a landing party from the USS Monticello to Smithville, NC, in an attempt to capture Confederate Brig. Gen. Louis Hebert, only to discover that Hebert and his men had already moved on Wilmington.
Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease.
The Marquis de Sade is transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille.
Sarah Goode and Tituba are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, sparking the hysteria that started the Salem Witch Trials.