Today in history, The first Leap Day is recognized by proclamation of Julius Caesar. Under the old Roman calendar, the last day of February was the last day of the year in 0045.
Today in history, Sarah Goode and Tituba are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, sparking the hysteria that started the Salem Witch Trials in 1692.
Today in history, The Marquis de Sade is transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille in 1784.
Today in history, Hostilities in Russo-Turkish War cease in 1856.
Today in history, Union Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick splits his forces at the Rapidan River ordering Col. Ulric Dahlgren to lead 500 men his men to Goochland Court House, while the remainder followed Kilpatrick in his raid on Richmond in 1864.
Today in history, Lt. William B. Cushing leads 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 Wilmington in 1864.
Today in history, Hattie McDaniel is first African American to win an Academy Award–best supporting actress–for her performance in Gone With The Wind in 1940.
Today in history, US forces catch Japanese troops off-guard and easily take control of the Admiralty Islands in Papua New Guinea in 1944.
Today in history, President Lyndon B. Johnson reveals the U.S. secretly developed the Lockheed A-11 jet fighter in 1964.
Today in history, Henry “Hank” Aaron becomes first baseball player to sign a baseball contract for $200,000 a year in 1972.