February 29

46 b.c.

The first Leap Day proclaimed by Julius Caesar.


Three women, Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, were the first to be accused of witchcraft in Salem, Mass.


George Washington proclaimed Jay's Treaty in effect.


Hattie McDaniel became the first black woman to win an Oscar. She won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.


General Douglas MacArthur led the invasion of the Admiralty Islands.


Hugh Hefner opened the first Playboy Club in Chicago.


Robert McNamara resigned as Secretary of Defense in the wake of the Tet offensive.


Hank Aaron became the first baseball player to sign a $200,000 a year contract.

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