February

February 29: Facts & Historical Events On This Day

Facts & Historic Events That Happened on February 29
Facts About Today

February 29th is also known as International Underlings Day and Rare Disease Day.

Today is a special day as it’s a leap year which only happens once every four years. The odds of being born on February 29 are 1 in 1,461, or 0.068%.

For those of you who were born on this day, your star sign is Pisces.

Although this day only happens once every four years, this day has certainly had some incredible events including experiences from two famous historical explorers, a devastating earthquake and much more.

Did you know that on this day in 1504, Christopher Columbus was saved by a lunar eclipse? Knowing when the eclipse was happening, he convinced locals that they made his god angry for not giving him food.

Keep reading for more facts about February 29th in history!

What Happened On February 29 In History?

2020

Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary election.

2016

The Fact Shop was launched.

We launched The Fact Shop on this day, to provide fans with an array of cool and fun fact merchandise.
1960

The first Playboy Club opened in Chicago.

Known as the Playboy Key Club, it was modeled after the Gaslight Club which featured women wearing sequined outfits and very little else.
1960

A 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Agadir, Morocco wiped out a third of the city’s population.

The disaster occurred at 23:40 local time and lasted 15 seconds causing up to 15,000 deaths.
1960

The Family Circus Comic Strip by Bill Keane debuted.

1944

Future Pope John Paul II was almost killed by a Nazi truck in Krakow, Poland.

1940

Hattie McDaniel won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Gone With the Wind,” making her the first African American woman to win an Oscar.

1908

A Dutch scientist named Heike Kamerlingh Onnes announced he was able to create solid helium.

1832

Charles Darwin explored Bahia, San Salvador, Brazil and fell in love with its variety of plants, flowers, animals & insects.

1692

The first warrants were issued for the arrest of three women accused of Witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, US.

OTD in 1692: The first warrants were issued for the arrest of three women accused of Witchcraft in Salem
1504

The explorer Christopher Columbus was saved by a lunar eclipse.

OTD in 1504: The explorer Christopher Columbus was saved by a lunar eclipse.
Jamaican Indians were hostile on this day but after the eclipse happened and the skies darkened. Indians surrendered and told Christopher Columbus they would cooperate with him so long as he restored the moon.

Did you know that on this day, February 29th 1504, Christopher Columbus was saved by a lunar eclipse?