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This Day in History: February 29

February 29: What Happened on This Day in History (Elementary Level)?

(Page last edited 10/12/2017)

  1. 1504 - Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
  2. 1892 - St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
  3. 1916 - Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
  4. 1964 - In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
  5. 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.
  6. 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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