February 29: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?
(Page last edited 10/12/2017)
- 1504 - Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
- 1892 - St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
- 1916 - Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
- 1964 - In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
- 2012 - Tokyo Skytree construction completed. Now it is the tallest tower in the world, 634 meters high, and second tallest (man-made) structure on Earth, next to Burj Khalifa.
- Famous Birthdays: Pope Paul III, Ann Lee (American religious leader, founded the Shakers), John Philip Holland (Irish engineer, designed the HMS Holland 1 ), Augusta Savage (American sculptor), Balthus (French-Polish painter)
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