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On This Day: February 29th

This is 60th day of the year and 306 days remain in the year.

in history
The first Leap Day proclaimed by Julius Caesar.
1692
Three women, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, were the first to be accused of witchcraft in Salem, Mass.
1940
Hattie McDaniel became the first black woman to win an Oscar. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
1944
1960
Hugh Hefner opened the first Playboy Club in Chicago.
1968
Robert McNamara resigned as Secretary of Defense in the wake of the Tet offensive.
1972
Hank Aaron became the first baseball player to sign a $200,000 a year contract.
February 29 BirthdaysGioacchino Rossini1792–1868, Italian Composer.
Ann Leereligious visionary
Herman Hollerithinventor
Antonio Sabato, Jr.actor



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