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Leap Day
(Observed every fourth year)
Leap Day
Children's Authors & Illustrators
1912 Harry Milgrom (New York City-born Educator; Science Writer for Children) New York City Authors Primary Children's Authors Educators of Note Science
1940 David R. Collins (Iowa-born Children's Author) Iowa Authors Primary Children's Authors
1944 Susan L. Roth (New York City-born Children's Author) New York City Authors Primary Children's Authors Houghton-Mifflin
1948 Patricia McKillip (Oregon-born Children's Author of Fantasy and Science Fiction) Oregon Authors Young-Adult Authors Fantasy Writing Workshop Official Web Site
Authors, Poets and Journalists
1960 Tony Robbins (California-born Writer, Motivational Speaker) California Authors American Authors
Artists, Architects and Designers
1892 Augusta Christine Savage (Florida-born African-American Artist) Florida Artists American Artists African-American Artists African American Registry
1948 Willi Smith (Pennsylvania-born African-American Fashion Designer) Pennsylvania Artists American Artists African-American Artists African American Registry
Songwriters, Classical Composers, Conductors and Performing Artists
1792 Gioacchino Rossini (Italian Opera Composer) Italian Composers Composers Opera
Political and Social Leaders
1736 Ann Lee (English-American Founder of the American Society of Shakers) English Political and Social Leaders Shakers History Channel
Performing Artists
1904 Jimmy Dorsey (Pennsylvania-born Musician and Bandleader) Pennsylvania Perforning Artists Popular Musicians
1916 Dinah Shore (Tennessee-born Singer) Dinah Shore Popular Musicians Intetrnet Movie Database
1944 Dennis Farina (Chicago-born Actor) Chicago Perforning Artists American Performing Artists Television Film
1972 Antonio Sabato Jr. (Italian Model, Actor) Italian Perforning Artists Actors Television
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
1908 Pat Garrett (Alabama-born Former Sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico Who Shot and Killed Billy the Kid) Notorious People of Alabama Notorious People of New Mexico New Mexico Tourism
Historically Significant Events Historically Significant Events
Historic Events of the 1700s that Occurred on this Date
1700 200-300 French Soldiers and Their Native American Allies Raid the Tiny Frontier Settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts France Deerfield, Massachusetts Native-American Heritage War Library of Congress History Channel
1756 The First Leap Day Is Observed in England England Leap Day Historic Firsts Greenwich Guide
Historic Events of the 1800s that Occurred on this Date
1864 Union Forces Split in Attempt to Free Prisoners Near Richmond, Virginia Richmond, Virginia Prisoners of War Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid History Channel
1868 In Minnesota, the First Issue of the St. Paul Daily Dispatch Is Published St. Paul, Minnesota Journalism Historic Firsts Minnesota Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1900-1949 on this date
1916 Britain's Armed Merchant Ship Alcantara and Germany's Raider Grief Both Sink After Battling in the North Sea Great Britain Germany Naval Military History World War I History Channel
1931 The Zwaanendael Museum Opens in Lewes, Delaware Lewes, Delaware Museums Zwaanendael Museum State of Delaware
1940 Bob Hope Hosts the Oscar Banquets for the First Time Bob Hope Film Academy Awards History Channel
Gone with the Wind Is Honored with Eight Oscars by the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Gone with the Wind Academy Awards History Channel University of Georgia
Hattie McDaniel Is the First African-American Actress or Actor to Receive an Academy Award Kansas Performing Artists Gone with the Wind Academy Awards African-American Performing Artists Historic Firsts History Channel University of Georgia
1944 In Alaska, the Juneau Lumber Mills Sawmill Burns Juneau, Alaska Trees Fire Alaska Historical Society
Historic Events that occurred 1950-1999 on this date
1952 Owen Lattimore Testifies Before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee U.S. Senate McCarthyism History Channel
New York City's First Flashing Pedestrian "Walk-Don't Walk" Sign Is Installed at Times Square Times Square Transportation Historic Firsts New York Historical Society
1960 The Publishing Firms of Henry Holt & Co., Rinehart & Co., and the John C. Winston Company Merge Literature Education Business Holt, Rinehart, & Winston History Channel
5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Kills 12,000-15,000 People in Morocco Morocco earthquake Death History Channel BBC USGS
1968 Presidential Commission on Civil Disorders Condemns Racism as the Primary Cause of the Nation's Social Unrest President Lyndon Johnson American Presidency Racism History Channel African American Registry
1972 South Korea Pulls 11,000 Troops Out of Vietnam South Korea Vietnam War History Channel
7.2 Magnitude Earthquake Causes Landslides on the Japanese Island of Hachijo Japan earthquake USGS
1984 Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau, Resigns After More Than 15 Years in Office Pierre Trudeau BBC
1988 Anthony, Texas Declares Itself the "Leap Year Capital of the World" Anthony, Texas Leap Day/Leap Year Texas State Historical Association
Historic Events that occurred 2000-2009 on this date
2004 President Jean-Bertrand Aristide Flees Haiti Haiti Political and Social Leaders CNN African American Registry