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Some significant events and some births that occured on 29th February. Image courtesy-dogonews.com

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In 1504, Christopher Columbus used his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies. Image courtesy-gotravel24.com

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In 1712 February 29 was followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style. Image courtesy-wikimedia.org

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In 1896 Morarji Desai, Prime Minister of India was born. Image courtesy-2.bp.blogspot.com

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In 1904, Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra was born. Image courtesy-s1.hubimg.com

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In 1920 Czechoslovak National assembly adopted the Constitution. Image courtesy-muzeumsnp.sk

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In 1940 for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award. Image courtesy-thegrio.com

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In 1940 in a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence received the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden's Consul General in San Francisco. Image courtesy-sciencephoto.com

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In 1960 an earthquake in Morocco killed over 3,000 people and nearly destroyed Agadir in the southern part of the country. Image courtesy-www.essaouira.nu

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In 1964 in Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser set a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds). Image courtesy-milesago.com

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In 1972 Hank Aaron became the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract. Image courtesy-i.cdn.turner.com

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In 1988 South African archbishop Desmond Tutu was arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town. Image courtesy-cdn2.wn.com

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