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FEBRUARY 29

Deaths
Persons of Historic Significance Who Have Died on This Date
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1756 The First Leap Day Is Observed in England England Leap Day Historic Firsts Greenwich Guide
1940 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
1952 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

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