Friday, February 29, 2008

POPnews - Leap Year Edition!

45 BCE - The first Leap Year was observed following the adoption of Julius Caesar's cleverly named Julian Calendar.

1704 - During Queen Anne's War French forces and Native Americans staged a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 100 men, women, and children.

1720 - Queen Ulrika Eleanora of Sweden abdicated in favour of her husband, who became Frederick I.

1936 - The character Baby Snooks, first played by Fanny Brice in vaudeville as early as 1912, made her radio debut on the program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air; Baby Snooks proved so popular that she got her own show, beginning in 1944.

1940 - Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to win an Academy Award, Best Supporting Actress, for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind.

1972 - Hank Aaron signed Major League Baseball's then-richest contract - $200,000.

1984 - Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau announced his retirement.

1988 - Archbishop Desmond Tutu was arrested at an anti-apartheid rally in Cape Town, apparently.

2004 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned as President of Haiti following a coup.
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