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On this day in history - February 29

What Happened On This Day – February 29

  • 2012 The world's tallest tower is completed

    The Tokyo Skytree measures 634 m (2080 ft). It is also the world's second tallest man-made structure, after Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

  • 2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide is removed as President of Haiti

    The country's first democratically elected president was toppled in a coup d'etat following the assassination of a gang leader. Aristide went into exile in South Africa and returned to Haiti in 2011.

  • 1996 The siege of Sarajevo is lifted after nearly 4 years

    The siege of Bosnia and Herzegovina's capital during the Bosnian War was the longest lasting siege of a capital city in the history of modern warfare.

  • 1996 A Boeing 737 crashes in the Andes, killing all 123 on board

    A wrong barometric altimeter setting caused the pilots to fly too low during an approach to Rodríguez Ballón International Airport in Arequipa, Peru.

  • 1940 Hattie McDaniel becomes the first black actor to win an Academy Award

    She won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in the 1939 historical romance “Gone with the Wind”.

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Births On This Day,
February 29

  • 1964 Mervyn Warren

    American singer-songwriter, producer

  • 1960 Khaled

    Algerian singer-songwriter

  • 1916 Dinah Shore

    American singer, actress

  • 1904 Pepper Martin

    American baseball player, manager

  • 1792 Gioachino Rossini

    Italian composer

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Deaths On This Day,
February 29

  • 2012 Davy Jones

    English singer, actor

  • 1956 Elpidio Quirino

    Filipino politician, 6th President of the Philippines

  • 1940 E. F. Benson

    English writer

  • 1928 Ina Coolbrith

    American poet

  • 1908 Pat Garrett

    American sheriff