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On February 29th, 1940, "Gone with the
Wind" won eight Academy Awards, including
best picture of 1939.
On this date:
In 1504, 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.
In 1792, composer
Gioacchino Antonio Rossini was born in Pesaro,
In 1796, President
Washington proclaimed Jay's Treaty, which settled
some outstanding differences with Great Britain,
In 1904, President
Theodore Roosevelt appointed a seven-member
commission to facilitate completion of the Panama
In 1956, President
Eisenhower announced he would seek a second term
In 1960, 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.")
In 1968, the
discovery of the first "pulsar," a star
which emits regular radio waves, was announced by
Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell at Cambridge, England.
In 1968, 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."
In 1980, former
Israeli foreign minister Yigal Allon, who had
played an important role in the Jewish state's
fight for independence, died at age 61.
In 1984, Canadian
Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau announced
he was stepping down after more than 15 years in
Twelve years ago:
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other
religious leaders were arrested while kneeling
near Parliament with a petition against
government bans on anti-apartheid groups. (All
were freed hours later.)
Eight years ago:
Muslims and Croats in Bosnia-Herzegovina began
casting ballots in an independence referendum;
Serbs boycotted the vote, calling it illegal.
Four years ago:
About 30 television and entertainment industry
executives met with President Clinton at the
White House, where they promised to devise a TV
ratings system. Daniel Green was convicted in
Lumberton, North Carolina, of murdering James R.
Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael
Jordan, during a 1993 roadside holdup. (Green was
sentenced to life in prison; an accomplice who
had testified against him, Larry Demery, is also
serving a life sentence.) A Peruvian commercial
jetliner crashed in the Andes, killing all 123
people on board.
"Many of us spend
half our time wishing for things we could have if
we didn't spend half our time wishing."
Alexander Woollcott, American author and critic