Monday, 7 March 2016

catching up February 29 - mar 1

February 29
45 BCThe 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.
1692Sarah Goode and Tituba are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, sparking the hysteria that started the Salem Witch Trials.
1784The Marquis de Sade is transferred from Vincennes fortress to the Bastille.

1940Hattie McDaniel is first African American to win an Academy Award–best supporting actress–for her performance in Gone With The Wind.

1968The Beatles win a Grammy Award for their album Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club Band.

Born on February 29

1792Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer

1904Jimmy Dorsey, orchestra leader

March 1

1692Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are arrested for the supposed practice of witchcraft in Salem, Mass.

1780Pennsylvania becomes the first U.S. state to abolish slavery.

1875Congress passes the Civil Rights Act, which is invalidated by the Supreme Court in 1883.

Born on March 1
1810Frédéric Chopin, composer and pianist.

1904Glenn Miller, big band leader during the 1930s and ’40s.
1914Ralph Waldo Ellison, African-American author (Invisible Man).