29 February: A special day that comes once in four years.

On This Day in History 29 Feb:

Although 365 days of the year are special and different in themselves, but in this case 29 February (Leap Day Interesting facts) is something different.

This day comes once in four years and with its arrival an ordinary year becomes a leap year (Leap Day 2024) and its number of days also increases to 366.

For some people, this day is a cause of sadness, because people born on this day have to wait for four years to celebrate their birthday.

Former Prime Minister of India Morarji Desai is also included among such people.

The sequential details of other important events recorded on the date of 29th February in the history of the country and the world are as follows:-

  • 1796: With the implementation of the Jay Treaty between America and Great Britain, peaceful trade between the two countries became possible for ten years.

  • 1840: Birth of Irish American scientist John Philip Holland, the father of the modern submarine.

  • 1896: Birth of Morarji Desai, the sixth Prime Minister of India.

  • 1940: For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel wins an Academy Award.

    She became the first African American to win this award.

  • 1952: Pedestrian crossing instructions are first posted at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square.

  • 1960: Thousands of people died in a massive earthquake in Agadir, the southern city of Morocco.

    The intensity of this earthquake was estimated at 6.7.

  • 1996: After four years of bloodshed, shootings and attacks, the siege of Bosnia's capital Sarajevo ends.

  • 2012: The construction work of Tokyo Skytree, said to be the world's tallest tower and second tallest structure, was completed.