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February 29: This Day That Year

February 29

- 1504 - Christopher Columbus used his prediction of a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians.

- 1692 - US: First people accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts - Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba.

- 1940 - US: Hattie McDaniel became 1st African American woman to win an Oscar for "Gone with the Wind".

- 1944 - Poland: Karol Wojtyla, (future Pope John Paul II) was run down and injured by a Nazi truck in Krakow.

- 1948 - Stern-group bomb on Cairo-Haifa train killed 27 British soldiers.

- 1956 - Islamic Republic formed in Pakistan

- 1960 - US: 1st Playboy Club, featuring bunnies, opened in Chicago.

- 1960 - Morocco: Agadir earthquake killed 12,000+ people.

- 1984 - Canada: Pierre Trudeau announced that he is stepping down after 15 years as Prime Minister.

- 2020 - US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war in Afghanistan in Doha, Qatar. If the deal is honored then the US and NATO allies will withdraw their forces after 14 months.

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