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Notable Historical Events for February 29th

1780The Omicron Delta Omega fraternity was founded by Benjamin Franklin at James Madison University.

1960JFK makes "missile gap" the presidential campaign issue

1936FDR signs 2nd neutrality act

1904Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7-man Panama Canal Commission to proceed with completing a canal at the Isthmus

1784Marquis de Sade transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille

1988NYC Mayor Koch calls Reagan a "WIMP" in the war on drugs

1972Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year

1832Charles Darwin visits jungle near Bahia Brazil

200476th Academy Awards - "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," Sean Penn & Charlize Theron win

1980Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals

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Notable Birthdays on February 29th

1840John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, father of the modern submarine

1736Ann Lee, Manchester England, American founder of Shakers (d. 1784)

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Notable Deaths on February 29th

1956Elpidio Quirino, 6th President of Philippines (1949-53), dies at 65

1960Melvin Purvis, American FBI Agent, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56

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