Leap Year history: 9 significant events from February 29th

Leap Year history: 9 significant events from February 29th
  1. In 45BC the first Leap Year is recognised, by order of Julius Caesar.
  2. The first arrests were made in the Salem witch trials, back in 1692. A homeless woman, a slave and a widow were all arrested for the first in a series of horrible prosecutions, which eventually resulted in 20 deaths.
  3. The American Panama Canal Commission was founded, to finish the work that France had started. It crosses the whole country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean and was opened in 1914.
  4. The actress and singer Dinah Shore was born on February 29 in 1916.
  5. In the Academy Awards of 1940, Gone With The Wind swept the board, winning an amazing eight Oscars. This included the first ever award for a black actress, which went to Hattie McDaniel for her role as 'Mammy'.
  6. The first Playboy Club was opened in America by Hugh Hefner - a rather tasteless institution known for its provocative 'Bunny Girl' waitresses.
  7. In 1968 the Beatles album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band won a Grammy, being named album of the year. It spent a whopping 27 weeks in the number one spot thanks to popular singles including Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds and With A Little Help From My Friends.
  8. In 2008 the British military made the decision to pull Prince Harry out of Afghanistan immediately, after news of his deployment leaked out in foreign media.
  9. Davy Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees, died on this day in 2012.

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