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”.
Births On This Day – February 29
1964 Mervyn Warren
American singer-songwriter, producer
1916 Dinah Shore
American singer, actress
1904 Pepper Martin
American baseball player, manager
1792 Gioachino Rossini
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
1928 Ina Coolbrith
1908 Pat Garrett