Return to home A year that is evenly divisible by 100 is not a
leap year unless it also is evenly divisible by 400.
Explanation: The time required for Earth to make one lap around the
sun -- to go from vernal equinox to vernal equinox -- is
approximately 365.2422 days. Because the period of 365 days that our
calendar assigns to the basic year falls approximately 0.2422 of a
day short of the time it actually takes to orbit the sun, the
calendar adds one day to every fourth year. This quadrennial "leap
year" causes the average duration of a year to be approximately
365.2500 days. Because this quadrennial adjustment overshoots its
goal by approximately 0.0078 of one day, the calendar "skips" the
quadrennial adjustment at the turn of each century. This centennial
"re-adjustment" causes the average duration of a year -- over the
long run -- to be approximately 365.2400 days. Because this
centennial readjustment overshoots its goal by approximately 0.0022
of one day, the calendar "un-skips" the centennial re-adjustment
once every four centuries. This quadricentennial "re-re-adjustment"
causes the average duration of a year -- over the very long run --
to be approximately 365.2425 days. All of this has the effect of
reducing the difference between our calendar and our actual orbit
around the sun to approximately 0.0003 of a day -- about 26 seconds.
(SSFC, 2/29/04, p.A2)(Internet) HISTORY OF LEAP YEAR: Roman Emperor Julius Caesar
took the first stab at fixing the calendar when dates were no longer
in sync with the seasons. First, he created one extra-long year –
445 days – to get things back on track. He followed that with a
pattern of three 365-day years and one 366-day year – leap year.
Fifteen centuries later, though, the calendar was off-kilter again.
It turns out that Caesar’s plan created three extra leap years every
400 years. So in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII came up with a way to fix
the problem. That year, the calendar jumped from October 4 to
October 15. Gregory also set up a new rule to get rid of those three
extra leap years. Under the Gregorian calendar, only century years
divisible by 400 are leap years. One in 1,461 people are "Leapies,"
born on Leap Year Day. There are approximately 200,000 people in the
United States with Leap Year Day birthdays and 4 million in the
world. Leap year happens only in years in which January 1 and
December 31 of the same year fall on different days of the week. The
Henriksen family of Stavanger, Norway, has three siblings born on
consecutive Leap Year Days – Heidi on February 29, 1960; Olav on
February 29, 1964; and Leif-Martin on February 29, 1968.
For Asia History: https://www.asiaobserver.org/category/news/on-this-day-in-asian-history 45 BC
Feb 29, The first Leap Day was recognized by proclamation of Julius
Caesar. Under the old Roman calendar the last day of February was
the last day of the year.
1288 Feb 29, Scotland made it
legal for women to propose to men. The Scottish Parliament passed a
Leap Year Act whereby women could propose to men. The tradition had
begun in 5th century Ireland.
(SFEC, 6/8/97, Z1 p.6)(SFC, 2/29/00, p.A1)
1468 Pope Paul III was born.
(SFC, 2/29/00, p.A1)
1504 Feb 29, Christopher
Columbus, stranded in Jamaica during his fourth voyage to the West,
used a correctly predicted lunar eclipse to frighten hostile natives
into providing food for his crew.
1692 Feb 29, Sarah Goode and
Tituba were accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, sparking
the hysteria that started the Salem Witch Trials.
1712 Feb 29, Marquis Louis
Joseph de Montcalm, Commander of French Forces in North America
during French and Indian War, was born. [see Feb 8]
1736 Feb 29, Anna Lee, founder
of the Shaker movement in America, was born.
1784 Feb 29, Marquis de Sade
was transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille.
1792 Feb 29, The composer
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini (d.1868) was born in Pesaro, Italy.
1796 Feb 29, President
Washington proclaimed Jay's Treaty in effect; it settled some
outstand-ing differences with Great Britain.
1841 Feb 29, John Philip
Holland (b.1840), inventor of the modern submarine, was born in
Liscannor, County Clare, into a family that had survived the Great
Potato Famine. Following his immigration to America in 1873, Holland
settled in Paterson, New Jersey where he taught school and, with
financial backing from the Irish Fenian Society, began developing
his first submarine. In 1881, Holland launched the Fenian Ram, a
31-foot-long submersible powered by a 15-horsepower internal
combustion engine. With Holland at the controls, the Ram dived 64
feet be-neath New York Harbor that summer, only to be seized by the
Fenians when they lost interest in the project. In 1895, the J.P.
Holland Torpedo Boat Company, won a contract from the U.S. Na-vy to
build a submarine. After one discouraging failure, the second
submarine, the Holland VI, passed her sea trials and was purchased
by the U.S. Navy on April 11, 1900 for $150,000. [see Feb 24]
1856 Feb 29, Hostilities in
Russo-Turkish war ceased.
1860 Feb 29, Herman Hollerith,
inventor of a tabulation mechanism (1864) that was a forerun-ner to
the computer, was born.
(HN, 2/29/00)(WSJ, 3/21/00, p.A20)
1860 Feb 29, George Bridgetower
(b.1778), African-Polish violinist, died. He was born in Biała,
Poland, where his father worked for Hieronimus Wincenty Radziwill.
Bridgetower lived in Eng-land for much of his life.
1864 Feb 29, Union Brig. Gen.
Judson Kilpatrick split his forces at the Rapidan River ordering
Col. Ulric Dahlgren to lead 500 men his men to Goochland Court
House, while the remainder fol-lowed Kilpatrick in his raid on
1864 Feb 29, Lt. William B.
Cushing led a landing party from the USS Monticello to Smithville,
NC, in an attempt to capture Confederate Brig. Gen. Louis Hebert,
only to discover that Hebert and his men had already moved on
1868 Feb 29, British Prime
Minister Benjamin Disreali formed his first cabinet.
1896 Feb 29, A person born on
this day would have celebrated their first birthday in 1904. The
year 1896 was a leap year, thus February had 29 days. The next leap
year was not until 1904. Leap years, which have 366 days instead of
the common 365, are those years divisible by four, except centesimal
(those ending in 00) years unless they are divisible by 400.
Therefore, three of every four centesimal years are common years,
1904 Feb 29, Jimmy Dorsey
(d.1957), orchestra leader, was born in Shenandoah, Pa.
(HN, 2/29/00)(AP, 2/29/04)
1904 Feb 29, President Theodore
Roosevelt appointed a seven-member commission to hasten completion
of the Panama Canal.
1908 Feb 29, The artist known
as Balthus was born in Paris.
1913 Feb 29, A US judge upheld
a Wright Brothers’ airplane patent regarding the use of ailerons in
a suit against Glenn Curtiss. In 1914 a Court of Appeals affirmed
the decision. Henry Ford offered assistance to Curtiss and Ford
lawyer W. Benton Crisp put Curtiss back in production by employing
non-simultaneous use of ailerons.
(ON, 12/11, p.12)
1916 Feb 29, Dinah Shore,
actress and singer, was born. [see Mar 1, 1917]
(SFC, 2/29/00, p.A1)
1924 Feb 29, Al Rosen, baseball
player, was born.
(SFC, 2/29/00, p.A1)
1933 Mar 29, The front page of
the New York Evening Post said "Famine Grips Russia — Mil-lions
Dying." The report was by Welsh journalist Gareth Jones who had
recently sneaked into Ukraine, at the height of a famine engineered
by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. Jones was killed by bandits in 1935
while covering Japan's expansion into China. In 2009 the diaries of
Jones were put on display for the first time in London.
1936 Feb 29, Jack R. Lousma,
astronaut, was born.
1936 Feb 29, Abraham Ruef (71),
San Francisco power broker, died. He had served time at San Quentin
prison following graft prosecutions in 1906-1908.
(SSFC, 2/27/11, DB p.46)
1940 Feb 29, Hattie McDaniel
was the first African American to win an Academy Award--best
supporting actress--for her performance in Gone With The Wind, which
won a total of 8 Oscars.
1940 Feb 29, "Gone with the
Wind" won eight Academy Awards, including best picture of 1939.
Victor Fleming was named best director, Vivien Leigh best actress,
and Hattie McDaniel best supporting actress, the first black
performer to receive an Oscar. Best actor went to Robert Donat for
"Goodbye, Mr. Chips."
(HN, 2/29/00)(AP, 2/29/04)
1944 Feb 29, Dorothy
Vredenburgh accepted an appointment by the Democratic National
Committee becoming the first woman secretary of a national political
party in the U.S.
1944 Feb 29, US forces caught
Japanese troops off-guard and easily took control of the Admi-ralty
Islands in Papua New Guinea.
1944 Feb 29, The submarine USS
Trout was lost northwest of the Philippines with all 81 men
following an encounter with a Japanese convoy.
1952 Feb 29, The first
pedestrian "Walk/Don't Walk" signs were installed at 44th Street and
Broadway at Times Square.
1956 Feb 29, President Dwight
D. Eisenhower announced he would seek a second term.
(AP, 2/29/00)(HN, 2/29/00)
1960 Feb 29, the first Playboy
Club, featuring waitresses clad in "bunny" outfits, opened in
Chicago. Hugh Hefner closed the corporate-owned clubs in 1986,
calling them "passe."
1960 Feb 29, An 5.7 earthquake
in Morocco's southwest Atlantic coast killed as many as 12,000. The
town of Agadir destroyed.
1964 Feb 29, President Lyndon
B. Johnson revealed that the U.S. secretly developed the Lockheed
A-11 jet fighter.
1968 Feb 29, At the Grammy
Awards, the Fifth Dimension's "Up, Up and Away" won record of the
year for 1967, while album of the year honors went to the Beatles
for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."
(HN, 2/29/00)(AP, 2/29/04)
1968 Feb 29, President
Johnson's National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (also
known as the Kerner Commission) warned that racism was causing
America to move "toward two societies, one black, one white --
separate and unequal."
1968 Feb 29, Robert McNamara
resigned as US Secretary of Defense as a result of the Tet disaster.
He was succeeded by Clark Clifford for 9 months who worked to
reverse US policy in Vietnam.
(WUD, 1994, p.1687)(SFEC, 10/11/98, p.A2)
1968 Feb 29, The discovery of
the first "pulsar," a star which emits regular radio waves, was
announced by Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell at Cambridge, England.
(AP, 2/29/00)(HN, 2/29/00)
1972 Feb 29, Henry "Hank" Aaron
became the first baseball player to sign a baseball contract for
$200,000 a year.
1980 Feb 29, Pres. Carter
signed a law that renamed the Arctic National Wildlife Range to the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and more than doubled its size. The
law directed the Interior Dept. to assess oil potential in 1.5
million acres of the coastal plain. A ban was put on drilling in the
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In 2002 Pres. Bush pushed to
overturn the ban. Estimates on oil there ranged from 3.2 to at least
5.7 billion barrels.
(SSFC, 2/24/02, p.A9)(SSFC, 8/28/05,
1980 Feb 29, former Israeli
foreign minister Yigal Allon, who had played an important role in
the Jewish state's fight for independence, died at age 61.
1984 Feb 29, Liberace's
palimony suit was thrown out of court.
1984 Feb 29, Canadian Prime
Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced he was stepping down after
more than 15 years in power.
1984 Feb 29-1984 Mar 1, In one
of the largest battles of the Iran-Iraq war, the two armies clashed
and inflicted more than 25,000 fatalities on each other.
1984 Feb 29, In Switzerland a
court ruled that the villagers of Zermatt owned the Matterhorn.
(SFC, 2/29/00, p.A1)
1988 Feb 29, A Nazi document
was discovered that implicated participation of Austrian presi-dent
and former U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim in WWII
1988 Feb 29, South African
Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other religious leaders were ar-rested
while kneeling near Parliament with a petition against government
bans on anti-apartheid groups. All were freed hours later.
1992 Feb 29, Muslims and Croats
in Bosnia-Herzegovina began casting ballots in an inde-pendence
referendum; Serbs boycotted the vote, calling it illegal.
1996 Feb 29, About 30
television and entertainment industry executives met with President
Clinton at the White House, where they promised to devise a TV
1996 Feb 29, Daniel Green was
convicted in Lumberton, N.C., of murdering James R. Jordan, the
father of basketball star Michael Jordan, during a 1993 roadside
holdup. Green was sen-tenced to life in prison; an accomplice who
had testified against him, Larry Demery, is also serv-ing a life
1996 Feb 29, A Peruvian
commercial jetliner crashed in the Andes, killing all 123 people on
2000 Feb 29, George W. Bush
beat John McCain in Virginia, Washington and North Dakota primaries.
Al Gore beat Bill Bradley in Washington.
(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 29, Sparky Anderson
was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame along with Turkey Stearnes
of the Negro leagues and 19th-century second baseman Bid McPhee.
2000 Feb 29, Doris Haddock
(90), known as "Granny D." completed a 3,200 mile trek to Washington
DC from California to urge Congress to enact reforms. Haddock
(d.2010) had be-gan walking on Jan 1, 1999, and arrived in DC to
draw attention to the need for campaign fi-nance reform.
(SFC, 2/29/00, p.A3)(AP, 8/3/19)
2000 Feb 29, In Michigan a
6-year-old boy shot and killed Kayla Rolland (6) with a .32 caliber
semiautomatic after a quarrel in the Theo J. Buell Elementary School
in Flint. Jamelle James (19), the owner of the stolen gun, was later
arraigned on a manslaughter charge.
(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A1)
2000 Feb 29, The Algerian army
began a crack down on Islamic militants following the massa-cre of
25 shepherds near Brezina. Over the next 3 weeks they killed 35
militants around El-Bayadh and Ghardaia.
(SFC, 3/22/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 29, In Chechnya 84
Russian paratroopers were killed after rebels attacked a guard post
near Ulus Kert. Most of the soldiers were from Pskov. Many were
suspected to have died from Russian artillery called in after the
position was overrun.
(SFC, 3/11/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 29, In India the
government announced a 28.2% increase in military spending, tax
increase on higher income people and cuts in government payroll.
(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A13)
2000 Feb 29, Israel released
the 1961 prison memoir of Adolph Eichmann.
(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A12)
2000 Feb 29, In Nigeria the
government made an agreement with northern leaders to stop
en-forcing Shariah where it was in effect and to not adopt it in
other regions for the time being due to recent clashes.
(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A14)
2000 Feb 29, In Zimbabwe former
guerrillas invaded white-owned farms and occupied at least 36 with
no official interference.
(SFC, 3/1/00, p.A14)
2004 Feb 29, In the Academy
Awards "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won a
record-tying 11 awards, taking best picture and sweeping each of its
categories. Sean Penn took the best-actor prize as a vengeful father
in "Mystic River," and Charlize Theron won for best ac-tress as
serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster." Supporting-performance
Oscars went to Tim Robbins as a man emotionally hamstrung by
childhood trauma in "Mystic River" and Renee Zellweger as a hardy
Confederate survivor in "Cold Mountain."
2004 Feb 29, Jerome Lawrence
(88), playwright, died. His 39 plays included “Auntie Mame."
(SFC, 12/28/04, p.D1)
2004 Feb 29, In central China a
bus carrying migrant workers to faraway factory jobs plunged off a
mountain road, killing 12 and injuring 35.
2004 Feb 29, In Germany
Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's party was handed a stinging defeat by
voters in Hamburg in elections reflecting the pent-up anger over his
push to cut cherished state benefits.
2004 Feb 29, Haiti's Pres.
Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and flew into exile. The capital
fell into chaos, and the US said international peacekeepers,
including Americans, would be deployed soon. Boniface Alexandre, the
Supreme Court Justice, took over as interim president. PM Yvon
Neptune continued as head of the government. Guy Philippe (36), head
of a band of former ex-iled soldiers, said his forces would stop
(AP, 2/29/04)(ST, 3/2/04, p.A3)
2004 Feb 29, Israel's Supreme
Court ordered the government to suspend work for one week on a
section of the West Bank security barrier, an attorney said, while
security forces arrested three Palestinian youths who planned an
2004 Feb 29, Japan's
agriculture minister slammed a senior poultry industry executive for
fail-ing to report the deaths of tens of thousands of chickens on
his farm, where officials have con-firmed the country's third
outbreak of bird flu.
2004 Feb 29, Spain averted a
bombing by the Basque separatist group ETA after the Civil Guard
stopped a small truck and found about 1,100 pounds of bomb-making
2008 Feb 29, US Defense
Department officials announced that they had formally agreed to
implement the long-discussed Defense Telephone Link (DTL) with
China. The US and China es-tablished a hotline between their defense
10/24/09, SR p.9)
2008 Feb 29, The Ninth US
circuit Court of appeals ruled that the US Navy must protect
en-dangered whales from the potentially lethal effects of underwater
sonar during anti-submarine training off the Southern California
coast, rejecting Pres. Bush’s attempt to exempt the exercises from
(SSFC, 3/2/08, p.A2)
2008 Feb 29, A divided Virginia
Supreme Court affirmed the nation's first felony conviction for
illegal spamming, ruling that Virginia's anti-spamming law does not
violate free-speech rights.
2008 Feb 29, At the annual TED
conference in Monterey, Ca., writer Dave Eggers, cosmolo-gist Neil
Turok and religious scholar Karen Armstrong received awards and then
made wishes to the TED community. Eggers wished that community
members engage a local school and seek transformative change.
(SFC, 3/1/08, p.C1)
2008 Feb 29, In southern
Afghanistan Taliban militants blew up a telecommunications tower
following a warning to phone companies to shut down the towers at
night or face attack.
2008 Feb 29, Algerian security
forces chased some 30 Islamic insurgents planting roadside bombs
back into their refuge east of the Algiers.
2008 Feb 29, In Belgium lawyers
said Belgian writer Misha Defonseca (71) has admitted that she made
up her best-selling memoir, "Misha: A Memoire of the Holocaust
Years," depicting how, as a Jewish child, she lived with a pack of
wolves in the woods during the Holocaust.
2008 Feb 29, In Brazil police
killed six alleged drug gang members in Rio de Janeiro, while a
bodyguard for the state security chief was shot dead what appeared
to be an attempted robbery.
2008 Feb 29, The British
military decided to pull Prince Harry out of Afghanistan
"immediately" after news of his deployment leaked out in foreign
2008 Feb 29, China agreed to
release sensitive records about missing US soldiers and estab-lish a
hot line to the Pentagon.
2008 Feb 29, France and
energy-hungry South Africa signed three economic accords, includ-ing
one for the construction of a 1.36-billion euro coal-fuelled power
plant by French energy giant Alstom.
2008 Feb 29, In Ghana 9
Nigerians were sentenced to 5 years each for faking e-mails and
let-ters, including one from the Ghanaian president, to dupe a
Frenchman out of $185,000.
2008 Feb 29, In Guatemala an
overcrowded bus plunged off a highway and rolled into a gully,
killing 45 people and injuring 20 more.
2008 Feb 29, In Iraq gunmen
killed 3 people and abducted Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho
(65) soon after he left Mass in Mosul, the latest in what church
members called a series of attacks against Iraq's small Christian
community. A British serviceman was killed in a rocket attack in
southern Iraq, taking the Britain’s death toll since the start of
the conflict to 175.
(AP, 3/1/08)(AFP, 3/1/08)
2008 Feb 29, Italy’s Eni SpA
signed a major oil production agreement with Venezuela. Last month
Eni said it had reached a compensation deal in which Venezuela
agreed to a payment in excess of $700 million.
(WSJ, 3/1/08, p.A5)
2008 Feb 29, Hundreds of Serb
police in Kosovo vowed not to follow the orders of the
Albani-an-dominated force after the territory split from Serbia.
2008 Feb 29, Hezbollah
denounced the deployment of US warships off Lebanon and said it
won't be intimidated. The US-backed Lebanese government distanced
itself from the military move.
2008 Feb 29, In Pakistan a
suicide bomber killed at least 44 people and injured up to 90 in
Peshawar. In the Swat Valley a police officer was killed in the
northwestern Lakki Marwat district in a bomb blast along with three
others. Later in the day during funeral ceremonies a suicide bomber
rammed his car into a security vehicle, killing a civilian, a
security official and injuring 21 others.
2008 Feb 29, Peruvian officials
arrested seven members from the Coordinadora Continental
Bolivariana, a Venezuela-based leftist movement, including the
group's alleged leader, Roque Gonzalez, who spent eight years in
prison for kidnapping a Bolivian politician. Two more alleged
members were arrested on March 17 trying to carry in $65,000 from
Ecuador, money Peruvian authorities suspect is Venezuelan.
Coordinadora founder Fernando Rivero told The Associated Press in
Venezuela that the group is entirely autonomous.
2008 Feb 29, Two former
Philippine presidents, once bitter foes, joined tens of thousands of
protesters at a rally to press for President Gloria Macapagal
Arroyo's resignation over a raging corruption scandal.
2008 Feb 29, In Sri Lanka a
suspected Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew himself up injuring 7
people as police tried to search his house in the heavily-guarded
Sri Lankan capital. In a massive search carried out shortly
afterwards, police recovered six powerful Claymore mines, the type
commonly used by Tamil Tiger rebels, from a house in the same area
2008 Feb 29, Turkey's military
said it has ended a ground offensive against Kurdish rebels in Iraq,
but said that foreign influence did not play a role in its decision.
2008 Feb 29, The UN refugee
agency said that 3,000 refugees from Darfur have arrived in Chad in
the last week, bringing the total number to over 13,000 in February
2012 Feb 29, Former Maryland
resident Majid Khan (32), captured in March 2003, pleaded guilty to
helping al-Qaida plot attacks from his native Pakistan, reaching a
plea deal with the US government that limits his sentence 25 years.
Lawyers said the deal could put the Guantanamo prisoner and his
family in jeopardy.
2012 Feb 29, A US judge in
Washington, DC, dismissed a lawsuit against Sri Lankan President
Mahinda Rajapakse alleging he was responsible for torture by the
armed forces, ruling that he has immunity as a head of state.
District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that while the
plain-tiffs have "shocking allegations" of abuse, the case cannot go
forward under the US Torture Vic-tim Protection Act of 1991.
2012 Feb 29, A five-count
indictment was returned in Washington accusing Australian David
Levick of knowingly skirting a federal trade embargo with Iran and
plotting to export the technol-ogy without the required
authorization. Prosecutors said Levick and his company, ICM
Compo-nents, Inc., ordered materials on behalf of an unnamed
representative of an Iranian trade com-pany. The export scheme
spanned about two years starting around March 2007.
2012 Feb 29, In NYC federal
charges were brought against a fraud ring that involved 10 doc-tors
and 105 firms that conspired to steal over $250 million from
insurance companies. The case centered on no-fault insurance claims.
(SFC, 3/1/12, p.A7)
2012 Feb 29, At least 16
tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and South. 13 people were killed
in-cluding 6 in Harrisburg, Illinois, 3 in Missouri, 3 in Tennessee
and one in Kansas.
(SFC, 3/1/12, p.A6)(SFC, 3/2/12,
2012 Feb 29, Arizona executed
inmate Robert Henry Moormann (63) for killing and dismem-bering his
adoptive mother in 1984 while he was out of prison on furlough for
another crime, de-spite a spate of last-minute appeals over his
2012 Feb 29, Davy Jones (66),
the lead singer of The Monkees, died after suffering a heart attack
in Indiantown, Fla.
2012 Feb 29, Britain accused
Argentina of pursuing a "policy of confrontation" over the disput-ed
Falkland Islands after the country's industry minister called for a
block on British imports.
2012 Feb 29, Britain withdrew
its diplomatic staff from Syria because of a growing risk to their
2012 Feb 29, In Britain, the
world's oldest running nuclear reactor shut down at
Oldbury-on-Severn after 44 years of operation, starting the
countdown to 2025, by when a new nuclear sta-tion is expected to
open on a site just a few hundred meters away.
2012 Feb 29, China's cabinet
ordered new air-quality standards to measure the most danger-ous
form of particulate matter, following a public outcry over worsening
2012 Feb 29, Egypt announced
that 7 American pro-democracy workers, accused of instigat-ing
unrest, are free to leave the country. 9 other Americans up for
trial had had already left the country. Altogether 15 NGO suspects
left the country after each defendant had paid two million pounds
(roughly $330,000/247,000 euros) in bail.
(SFC, 3/1/12, p.A2)(AFP, 3/1/12)
2012 Feb 29, In Haiti thousands
of supporters of two-time President Jean-Bertrand Aristide ral-lied
in the capital on the eighth anniversary of the former leader's
ouster. The demonstrators ac-cused current President Michel Martelly
of not doing enough to improve their lives and pressed for the
departure of the country's UN peacekeeping mission.
2012 Feb 29, India's home
minister said that police had foiled a major attack by suspected
mili-tants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group who
were caught with explosives at a rail station. It was not disclosed
when the men were detained.
2012 Feb 29, Israeli troops
raided two private Palestinian TV stations before dawn, seizing
transmitters and other equipment. The military said one of the
outlets, al-Watan TV, is a pirate station whose frequencies
interfered with legal broadcasters and aircraft communications.
2012 Feb 29, In Japan
construction of the Tokyo Sky Tree, the world's tallest
communications tower and second-highest building, finished. It was
two months late because of the earthquake and tsunami that struck
last March. Broadcasting was scheduled to begin May 22.
(AFP, 2/29/12)(Econ, 4/28/12, p.45)
2012 Feb 29, In Kuwait around
30 opposition MPs filed a request to form a parliamentary panel to
investigate the allegations with powers to interrogate the finance
minister, as well the former premier and central bank governor. The
government used its constitutional right to demand de-laying the
formation of the panel for two weeks, saying it wanted to study the
2012 Feb 29, Malian soldiers
battled Tuareg rebels in violent clashes in the country's north-west
around the town of Tessalit.
2012 Feb 29, Heavily armed
gunmen fired on an oil tanker off the coast of Nigeria. The
Pan-amanian-flagged, Nigerian-owned vessel thwarted an attempted
boarding by taking evasive ac-tion.
2012 Feb 29, North Korea's new
leadership said it would suspend nuclear and missile tests and its
uranium enrichment program as part of a deal that includes US food
aid for the impoverished nation.
2012 Feb 29, A Pakistani
official said Iran has offered to supply Pakistan with 80,000
barrels of crude oil per day and a $250 million loan to help build a
gas pipeline from the Iranian border.
2012 Feb 29, The Philippines
said it would push ahead with plans to expand oil and gas
explo-ration in waters also claimed by China, as it brushed off a
fresh Chinese warning.
2012 Feb 29, Saudi Arabia said
that it would honor a pledge of $3.75 billion in aid to Egypt,
af-ter complaints by the Egyptian premier that donor countries were
failing to respect their com-mitments.
2012 Feb 29, Spanish students
in Barcelona clashed with police and set fire to garbage con-tainers
during nationwide protests against education spending cuts.
2012 Feb 29, In Sudan one
peacekeeper was killed and three wounded when unknown gun-men
ambushed a patrol of the African Union-United Nations mission to
2012 Feb 29, Syrian forces
launched a ground assault on Homs to crush the last pockets of
resistance in the city's rebel-held districts, a security source
said, even as Washington worked on a UN Security Council draft
demanding humanitarian access.
2016 Feb 29, President Barack
Obama awarded the nation's highest military honor to Navy SEAL
Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, Jr., who
participated in a daring 2012 raid that rescued an American hostage
2016 Feb 29, The US-led
coalition conducted 27 strikes against Islamic State in Iraq and
Syria in its latest round of daily attacks.
2016 Feb 29, In Ohio four
students were injured when James Austin Hancock (14) opened fire on
fellow students in the cafeteria of Madison High near Middletown. On
June 6 Hancock was sentenced to juvenile detention until the age of
(http://tinyurl.com/h8tm58a)(SFC, 6/7/16, p.A4)
2016 Feb 29, An Afghan
policeman shot dead 4 of his colleagues at a checkpoint on a remote
stretch of on the highway between Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces.
Another 11 policemen who were manning the checkpoint remained
2016 Feb 29, Argentina's new
market-friendly government struck a $4.65-billion tentative deal
with its main holdout creditors, ending a bitter 15-year battle and
opening the door for the South American country to escape financial
2016 Feb 29, Australian
Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Vatican official to
testify on systemic sexual abuse of children by clergy in the Roman
Catholic Church, said senior clergy lied to him to cover up abuse in
2016 Feb 29, Britain's defense
minister said about 20 UK troops are being sent to Tunisia to help
stop people crossing illegally from chaotic Libya.
2016 Feb 29, Peter Rabbit
became the first character from children's literature to appear on
British coinage with author Beatrix Potter's creation featuring on
50-pence pieces commemorat-ing her birth.
2016 Feb 29, In China Li Sijun
(45) a knife-wielding assailant hacked at children in a schoolyard,
wounding 10 before killing himself in Haikou, Hainan province.
2016 Feb 29, In China Kalsang
Wangdu, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, died after he set himself on fire
near the Retsokha monastery in Sichuan province in a protest against
(SFC, 3/3/16, p.A2)
2016 Feb 29, In eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo suspected Ugandan rebels killed 13
civilians in an overnight raid in the north of the North Kivu
2016 Feb 29, France interior
minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Parisian police will be given
as-sault rifles and Kalashnikov-resistant shields in a first for the
French capital's officers nearly four months after a devastating
terror attack killed 130 people.
2016 Feb 29, French riot police
clashed with migrants as bulldozers moved into the grim shan-tytown
on the edge of Calais known as the "Jungle" to start destroying
hundreds of makeshift shelters.
2016 Feb 29, Missing Hong Kong
bookseller Lee Bo appeared on television insisting he had not been
abducted by mainland authorities, in a case that has sparked a
backlash over Chinese in-terference in the city. The other four
booksellers, who are under criminal investigation on the mainland,
appeared on Phoenix a day earlier admitting to smuggling illicit
books into China. Phoenix is a private channel which broadcasts both
in Hong Kong and in mainland China.
2016 Feb 29, Thousands of
Hungarian parents kept their children home from school to protest
the government's education policies.
2016 Feb 29, India introduced
an additional 'green' tax on car sales, aimed at helping fight high
levels of air pollution and congestion but hitting car makers that
fear this could stall a fragile re-covery in the market for their
2016 Feb 29, In Iraq a suicide
bomber struck a funeral, killing at least 38 people, including a
local Shiite militia leader, in Muqdadiyah. Late in the day four
Islamic State group suicide bomb-ers infiltrated an army
headquarters in Haditha, killing Staff Brigadier General Ali Aboud,
Lieu-tenant Colonel Farhan Ibrahim and four others.
(AP, 2/29/16) (AFP,
3/1/16)(SFC, 3/1/16, p.A2)
2016 Feb 29, Israeli drinks
firm SodaStream laid off its last Palestinian workers and lashed out
at the government for refusing to grant them work permits after it
relocated from the West Bank to southern Israel.
2016 Feb 29, Italian police
raided an abandoned slaughterhouse near Rosarno in Calabria that
African migrant farmworkers use as a dormitory, part of a recently
launched crackdown on labor exploitation.
2016 Feb 29, Japan signed an
agreement to supply defense equipment to the Philippines, the first
such Japanese defense pact in a region where the US allies have been
alarmed by China's advance in disputed territories.
2016 Feb 29, In Laos unknown
suspects described as militants opened fire on a temporary work
space being used by a Chinese company in the northern province of
Luang Prabang. One Chinese citizen was killed and three injured in a
2016 Feb 29, Liberian police
fired teargas and threw stones at a crowd gathered near a court in
Monrovia to demand the release of a political activist charged with
2016 Feb 29, Macedonian police
fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of migrants who stormed the
border from Greece as a deeply divided Europe traded barbs over the
biggest humanitarian crisis in decades.
2016 Feb 29, Malawi said it
will import 50,000 tons of the staple maize from Tanzania to avert
hunger after a drought that affected 2.8 million people.
2016 Feb 29, Former Malaysian
leader Mahathir Mohamad quit the ruling Malay party, saying it has
been hijacked by embattled PM Najib Razak to protect his own
2016 Feb 29, Nigerian officials
said Pres. Muhammadu Buhari is launching a probe after week-long
clashes between Muslim herdsmen and Christian farmers left
"hundreds" dead. Up to 300 people were reported killed.
(AFP, 2/29/16)(Econ, 4/2/16, p.47)
2016 Feb 29, In Nigeria three
girls who were abducted by armed men from their school in the
eastern suburb of Ikorodu at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary
School on the outskirts of Lagos.
2016 Feb 29, North Korean media
said Otto Warmbier (21), a University of Virginia student detained
since early January, has confessed to "severe crimes" against the
state: "I committed the crime of taking out a political slogan from
the staff-only area of the Yanggakdo International Hotel."
2016 Feb 29, In Pakistan Mumtaz
Qadri was hanged in Rawalpindi's Adiala jail. He had shot Salman
Taseer, the liberal Punjab governor, 28 times at an Islamabad market
in 2011. Thou-sands protested in a number of cities against the
execution. Qadri was hailed by hardline Islam-ists as a hero for
killing the provincial governor who was seeking reform of the
2016 Feb 29, In Russia Mikhail
Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, presented a new book
about his life and times ahead of his 85th birthday. The 700-page
book called "Gorba-chev in Life" is a collection of memoirs,
interviews, letters, documents and articles by him and others.
2016 Feb 29, Russian police
arrested Gulchekhra Bobokulova (38), a nanny from Uzbekistan, was
seen waving the severed head of a small child outside a Moscow
subway station. On March 3 she said she had beheaded the child to
avenge Muslims killed in the Kremlin's campaign of air strikes in
(AP, 2/29/16)(Reuters, 3/3/16)
2016 Feb 29, A senior official
from Syria's main opposition group said that a fragile
internation-al attempt to halt nearly five years of fighting was in
danger of total collapse because of attacks by government forces. UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the shaky cease-fire is holding
"by and large" on its third day despite sporadic fighting and
growing accusations of violations.
2016 Feb 29, Thailand police
said they will have to tighten security on Koh Kut island after four
French tourists were brutally assaulted, including two women who
were raped. The next day Cambodia said that five of its citizens
were involved in the attack.
(AP, 2/29/16)(AP, 3/1/16)
2016 Feb 29, Turkey's justice
minister said as many as 1,845 cases have been opened against people
accused of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan since he came to
office in 2014.
2016 Feb 29, A Turkish stock
exchange filing said authorities have shut down media business-es
seized last year from Koza Ipek Holding, a conglomerate linked to a
US-based preacher ac-cused of plotting against President Tayyip
2016 Feb 29, Turkish armed
forces shelled positions of the Islamic State (IS) group in Syria in
coordination with the US-led international anti-jihadist coalition.
2016 Feb 29, In southern Yemen
a suicide car bombing killed 4 people when it hit a gathering of
loyalist forces in Aden.
2016 Feb 29, A Zimbabwe’s High
Court allowed the largest mine in Marange, Mbada Dia-monds, to
return and assume control of all assets after challenging the
government's ban on mining operations.
2020 Feb 29, The United States
signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants aimed at bringing an
end to 18 years of bloodshed in Afghanistan that began after 9/11
and allowing US troops to return home from America's longest war.
The historic deal was signed by chief negotiators from the two sides
in the Qatari capital of Doha. The Trump administration negotiated a
withdrawal agreement with the Taliban that excluded the Afghan
government, freed 5,000 imprisoned Taliban soldiers and set a date
certain of May 1, 2021, for the final withdrawal.
2020 Feb 29, US health
officials reported three more cases of the new coronavirus
transmitted to people who did not travel overseas or come in contact
with anyone known to be ill. The first US coronavirus-related death
was reported in Washington State.
(AFP, 2/29/20)(The Daily Beast, 2/29/20)
2020 Feb 29, In New Mexico
Antonio Valenzuela (40) was choked to death by a police officer
after he fled from a traffic stop in Las Cruces. The officer can be
heard on police camera footage saying, “I’m going to [expletive]
choke you out, bro" as he chased Valenzuela. In August his family
agreed to a $6.5 million settlement with the city which agreed to
ban all choke holds.
(SFC, 8/120/20, p.A4)
2020 Feb 29, In South Carolina
Joe Biden won 60% of the votes cast by non-white voters, dominating
a crowded Democratic field among a group that made up more than half
of the elec-torate. Bernie Sanders won roughly 14% of African
American voters, while billionaire Tom Steyer won 15% and dropped
out of the race..
2020 Feb 29, Azerbaijan said it
had closed its border with Iran for two weeks to prevent the spread
of coronavirus, after the death toll in Iran rose to 43, the highest
number outside of China.
2020 Feb 29, It was reported
that Philip Rutnam, one of the UK’s most senior civil servants, quit
his job at the government department responsible for policing,
counter-terrorism and immi-gration over what he claims was an
orchestrated campaign against him.
2020 Feb 29, The number of
people infected with coronavirus in the United Kingdom rose to 23,
after three more patients tested positive.
2020 Feb 29, China reported 47
more coronavirus deaths and 427 new infections.
2020 Feb 29, In Cyprus dozens
of people pushed aside police barriers to protest the closing of a
crossing point in the medieval core of the capital of ethnically
divided island. There have been no confirmed cases of the
coronavirus found so far on either side of the divide.
2020 Feb 29, Ecuador said it
has confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus.
The patient had arrived in Ecuador on Feb. 14 on a direct flight
from Madrid without showing any symptoms, but soon felt ill and went
to a hospital where she was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
2020 Feb 29, French PM Edouard
Philippe said the government would push its contested pen-sion
reform through parliament by decree, avoiding the need for a vote
after the opposition filed more than 40,000 amendments to the draft
2020 Feb 29, France said it is
banning all indoor public gatherings of more than 5,000 people to
slow the spread of coronavirus cases and recommending that people no
longer greet each other with kisses.
2020 Feb 29, In southeastern
France tens of thousands of people rallied for the independence of
Spain's Catalonia region. Holding the event on French territory
allowed former regional president Carles Puigdemont to attend.
(SSFC, 3/1/20, p.A4)
2020 Feb 29, Guinea-Bissau had
two presidents and two prime ministers as of today, after Umaro
Cissoko Embalo, the inaugurated winner of December's election, swore
in a new prem-ier, but parliament appointed a rival interim
2020 Feb 29, Hong Kong police
fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of black-clad protesters, some
armed with petrol bombs, during a rally to mark six months since the
authorities stormed a subway station and arrested demonstrators.
2020 Feb 29, In Indonesia
members of the West Papua Liberation Army attacked security forces
near the world's largest gold mine in Papua province . Two security
personnel and four rebels were killed at the Grasberg copper and
(SFC, 3/4/20, p.A2)(SSFC, 4/12/20, p.A4)
2020 Feb 29, Iran reported a
surge in new coronavirus cases as the number of deaths jumped to 43
among 593 cases, but it dismissed as "rumors" a report the real toll
was much higher.
2020 Feb 29, In Japan a man in
his 70s died on the northernmost island of Hokkaido late today after
testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the
coronavirus. The man's death marked the sixth fatality from COVID-19
in Japan, excluding six deaths among those aboard the cruise ship
2020 Feb 29, Lebanon's health
ministry said that three new cases of coronavirus had been
confirmed, bringing the total number of cases in the country to
2020 Feb 29, Luxembourg
abolished fares for trains, trams and buses in what the government
said was a bid to tackle road congestion and pollution, as well as
supporting low earners. Travel-ers can still pay for first class, at
a cost of 660 euros a year.
2020 Feb 29, Malay nationalist
Muhyiddin Yassin (72) heard news that the king had picked him as
prime minister over Mahathir Mohamad (94), the outspoken leader who
has dominated Ma-laysian politics for decades. Most of Bersatu and a
faction of the PKR jumped ship, siding with UMNO and an Islamic
party, PAS, to form a new government with Muhyiddin Yassin of
Bersatu as its head.
(Reuters, 3/1/20)(Econ., 9/26/20, p.40)
2020 Feb 29, In Montenegro
thousands of people, led by Serbian Orthodox Church clerics, marched
peacefully through the Podgorica in protest against a law they fear
will be used to tar-get the church's assets and status.
2020 Feb 29, In Myanmar at
least five ethnic Rohingya were killed and several injured after
troops clashed with insurgents in the conflict-torn western state of
2020 Feb 29, Pakistan confirmed
two more cases of coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive
cases to four since Feb 26, when the first two cases were reported
in the country.
2020 Feb 29, In Russia
thousands rallied in central Moscow to call on President Vladimir
Putin not to stay in power indefinitely, in the first major protest
by the Russian opposition since the Kremlin chief announced
controversial plans to change the constitution. Thousands of people
marched on a central Moscow boulevard in remembrance of opposition
leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down five years ago while
walking on a bridge adjacent to the Kremlin.
(AFP, 2/29/20)(AP, 2/29/20)
2020 Feb 29, In Slovakia the
center-right Ordinary People party, led by Igor Matovic, captured
25% of a parliamentary vote.
(SFC, 5/1/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 29, South Korea
reported its biggest surge in new coronavirus cases with 3,150
in-fections as 813 more patients were reported. Three women in the
Daegu area died of the illness, taking the national toll to 17.
2020 Feb 29, Spain's total
number of active coronavirus cases rose to 49. Authorities said an
Italian national staying at a hotel in Tenerife, which has been
placed on lockdown after four cas-es of the coronavirus were
detected, has tested positive for the virus. This brought the total
num-ber of active cases in the Canary Islands to six.
2020 Feb 29, The UN migration
organization reported at least 13,000 people had massed on Turkey’s
land border, the vast majority apparently from Afghanistan.
2020 Feb 29, Yemeni gunmen
entered a port in the southern city of Aden and prevented a tanker
from offloading a diesel cargo because the importing company is
affiliated with the gov-ernment.