Leap Year

Every four years, February 29th, appears on our calendars.  Check out a few things that happened on this day in history….

46 b.c.  - Julius Caesar proclaims the first leap year.

1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba were the first three women to be accused of witchcraft in Salem, MA

See a youtube video on the witch trials here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDIEV9w65fc

1784 John Wesley issues a ‘Deed of Declaration’ formally establishing the Methodist Church

Find out more about John Wesley on Wikipeida here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wesley

1796 George Washington proclaims Jay’s Treaty in effect.

Find out more about Jay’s Treaty on Wikipedia here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wesley

1940 Hattie McDaniel became the first black actress to win an Oscar.  She won for best supporting actress in Gone With The Wind

Hattie McDaniel wins the Oscar

See Hattie McDaniel’s acceptance speechhere:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g8YZA2FioQ

1960 Hugh Hefner opens up the first Playboy Club in Chicago

For more information about the history of the Playboy Club check out Wikipedia here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playboy_Club

1972 Hank Aaron becomes the first baseball player to sign a $200,000.00 per year contract.

Enjoy and extra day this year of 2012.  Make your own piece of history today

Edited at 12:38pm MST

2012 Davy Jones dies of a heart attack (a sad postscript to this day)

Reuters article here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/02/29/us-davyjones-idUSTRE81S1T520120229

Some youtube videos here:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qtW1jAwZgU&feature=fvst


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