February 29 events in history

1504 Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies
1644 Abel Tasman's second Pacific voyage began
1704 Queen Anne's War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 56 villagers and taking more than 100 captive
1712 February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style
1720 Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I on 24 March
1752 King Alaungpaya founds Konbaung Dynasty, the last dynasty of Burmese monarchy
1768 Polish nobles formed Bar Confederation
1796 The Jay Treaty between the United States and Great Britain comes into force, facilitating ten years of peaceful trade between the two nations
1864 American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails – plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted
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
1920 Czechoslovak National assembly adopted the Constitution
1936 Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air
1936 February 26 Incident in Tokyo ends
1940 For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award
1940 Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
1940 In a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden's Consul General in San Francisco
1944 World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur
1952 The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority
1960 An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country
1964 In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds)
1972 Vietnam War: Vietnamization – South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam
1980 Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal
1988 South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town
1988 Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay
1992 First day of Bosnia and Herzegovina independence referendum
1996 Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes, all 123 passengers and crew died
2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide is removed as President of Haiti following a coup
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