February 29

February 29

Events February 29

1504 – Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
1712 – February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.
1916 – Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
1952 – The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
1960 – An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.
1988 – Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.
1996 – Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes, killing 123 people.

 

 

 

 

 



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