Today in History: Feb. 29

February 29, 2016 - Supermoon

Today is Monday, Feb. 29, a 60th day of 2016. There are 306 days left in a year. This is Leap Day.

Today’s Highlight in History:

On Feb. 29, 1916, singer, thespian and TV celebrity Dinah Shore was innate Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee. (Shore, who claimed Mar 1, 1917 as her birthdate, died in 1994 only days before she would have incited 78.)

On this date:

In 1504, Christopher Columbus, stranded in Jamaica during his fourth excursion to a West, used a rightly likely lunar obscure to dismay antagonistic locals into providing food for his crew.

In 1796, President George Washington admitted Jay’s Treaty, that staid some superb differences with Britain, in effect.

In 1892, a United States and Britain concluded to contention to settlement their brawl over seal-hunting rights in a Bering Sea. (A elect after ruled in preference of Britain.)

In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt allocated a seven-member elect to promote execution of a Panama Canal.

In 1936, President Franklin D. Roosevelt sealed a second Neutrality Act as he appealed to American businesses not to boost exports to belligerents.

In 1940, “Gone with a Wind” won 8 Academy Awards, including best design of 1939; Hattie McDaniel won for best ancillary actress, a initial black performer so honored.

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced he would find a second tenure of office. Serial torpedo Aileen Wuornos was innate in Rochester, Michigan (she was executed by a state of Florida in 2002).

In 1960, a initial Playboy Club, featuring waitresses clad in “bunny” outfits, non-stop in Chicago. Serial torpedo Richard Ramirez was innate in El Paso, Texas (he died in 2013 while available execution in California).

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (also famous as a Kerner Commission) warned that injustice was causing America to pierce “toward dual societies, one black, one white – apart and unequal.” The find of a “pulsar,” a star that emits unchanging radio waves, was announced by Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell in Cambridge, England.

In 1980, former Israeli unfamiliar apportion Yigal Allon, who had played an critical purpose in a Jewish state’s quarrel for independence, died during age 61.

In 1984, Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced he was stepping down after some-more than 15 total years in power.

In 1996, Daniel Green was convicted in Lumberton, North Carolina, of murdering James R. Jordan, a father of basketball star Michael Jordan, during a 1993 roadside holdup. (Green and an accomplice, Larry Martin Demery, were condemned to life in prison.) A Peruvian Boeing 737 crashed on proceed to Arequipa, murdering all 123 people on board.

Twelve years ago (2004): Facing rebellion, Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide (zhahn behr-TRAHN’ ahr-ihs-TEED’) quiescent and left for outcast in a Central African Republic. (Aristide returned to Haiti in Mar 2011.) “The Lord of a Rings: The Return of a King” won a record-tying 11 Academy Awards, including best picture; Sean Penn took a best-actor esteem for “Mystic River” and Charlize Theron won best thespian for portraying Aileen Wuornos in “Monster.” Playwright Jerome Lawrence died in Malibu, California, during age 88.

Eight years ago (2008): Democratic presidential carefree Barack Obama indicted opposition Hillary Rodham Clinton of perplexing to “play on people’s fears to shock adult votes” with a TV ad display sleeping children and seeking who would be some-more competent to answer a inhabitant confidence puncture call during 3 a.m.

Four years ago (2012): Violent continue make-up tornadoes continued to harm a Midwest and South, ensuing in some 15 deaths. Davy Jones, 66, a heartthrob thespian who helped propel a made-for-TV stone rope The Monkees to a tip of a cocktail charts, died in Stuart, Florida.

Today’s Birthdays: Actress Michele Morgan is 96. Actor Joss Ackland is 88. Former wanderer Jack Lousma is 80. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew we of Constantinople is 76. Motivational orator Tony Robbins is 56. Legal affairs blogger Eugene Volokh is 48. Actor Antonio Sabato Jr. is 44. Poet, musician and hip-hop artist Saul Williams is 44. Rapper Ja Rule is 40. Songwriter-musician Chris Conley (Saves a Day) is 36. Singer-musician Mark Foster (Foster a People) is 32. Hockey actor Cam Ward is 32.

Thought for Today: “Trouble is a partial of your life – if we don’t share it, we don’t give a chairman who loves we a possibility to adore we enough.” – Dinah Shore (1916-1994).



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