February 29: Fun Facts about Today in History

Today in History

Learn about the most intriguing events and historical facts that occurred on February 29 throughout history. Pisces is the zodiac sign for February 29. Tony Robbins (1960), Michèle Morgan (1920), and Aileen Wuornos (1956) were all born on this day.


(February 29, 1904)
Jimmy Dorsey was born, and his orchestra was one of the most prominent big bands in the United States during the swing era.


(February 29, 1916)
The minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers in South Carolina has been raised from 12 to 14 years old.

(February 29, 1940)
Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in Gone with the Wind (1939).

(February 29, 2004)
The Return of the King, the final volume of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings, garnered 11 Academy Awards, tying Ben-Hur (1959) and Titanic (1919) for the most (1997).

(February 29, 2020)
The Doha Agreement is signed by the US and the Taliban to bring peace to Afghanistan.

(Died on February 29, 2020)
Éva Székely, Hungarian Hall of Fame swimmer, Olympic champion (1952) (b. 1927).

Written by James

James has always been intrigued by dinosaurs, the universe, technology, and animals. With a Bachelor of Computer Science and years of writing expertise, he joined World Amazing Facts in 2021 as a staff writer.

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