Monday, 29 February 2016

February 29, 2016

Born on this date
Happy Birthday, Sandy Mains!

220 years ago
1796


Diplomacy
The Jay Treaty, negotiated November 19, 1794, came into force, defining the boundary in North America between Loyalist and American territories. Both parties had free use of the Great Lakes.

100 years ago
1916


Born on this date
Dinah Shore
. U.S. singer. Miss Shore was the biggest-selling female solo vocalist of the 1940s, and continued her popularity as a recording artist into the early 1950s. When sales of her records started to slow down, she achieved popularity on television, hosting several variety and talk shows through the 1970s. Miss Shore died on February 24, 1994 at the age of 77.

Britannica
The Tokelau Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean, were annexed by the United Kingdom.

Labour
In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers was raised from 12 to 14 years.

80 years ago
1936

On the radio

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, starring Louis Hector and Harry West, on MBS
Tonight’s episode: The Reigate Puzzle

Fanny Brice first played the character Baby Snooks on The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.

World events
The February 26 Incident in Tokyo ended with the defeat of rebel officers of the Imperial Japanese Army by forces loyal to the government.

60 years ago
1956


Died on this date
Elpidio Quirino, 65
. 6th President of the Philippines, 1948-1953. Mr. Quirino, a member of the Liberal Party, held various positions before serving as Vice President from 1946-1948, becoming President upon the death of Manuel Roxas. Mr. Quirino was defeated in his bid for re-election in 1953; he retired from politics and died of a heart attack.

World events
An Islamic Republic was proclaimed in Pakistan.

Diplomacy
British Foreign Secretary John Selwyn Lloyd, left London for a tour of the Middle East and Asia.

Politics and government
In a nationally broadcast speech, U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower announced he would seek a second term. Mr. Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack several months earlier.

40 years ago
1976


Died on this date
Florence P. Dwyer, 73
. U.S. politician. Mrs. Dwyer, born Florence Price, represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives from 1957-1973, and was the first woman to be elected to the House as a Republican. She supported women's rights, and co-sponsored the Equal Pay Act, which was passed in 1963.

20 years ago
1996


Hit parade
#1 single in Finland (Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland): Spaceman--Babylon Zoo (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Denmark (Nielsen Music Control & IFPI): Spaceman--Babylon Zoo (5th week at #1)

Died on this date
Sinclair Ross, 88
. Canadian author. Mr. Ross, a native of Shellbrook, Saskatchewan, was known for The Lamp at Noon and Other Stories (1968), and the novels As For Me and My House (1941); The Well (1958); Whir of Gold (1970); and Sawbones Memorial (1974).

Ralph Rowe, 71. U.S. baseball player and coach. Mr. Rowe was an outfielder in various minor leagues from 1942-1961, batting .296 with 89 home runs. He made it as high as the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League (1949) and the Springfield Cubs of the International Leauge (1952). Mr. Rowe managed in the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins organization from 1959-1971, winning four league championships. He served as the Twins' third base coach from 1972-1975 and as the batting coach with the Baltimore Orioles from 1981-1984; he was with the Orioles when they won the World Series in 1983.

Wes Farrell, 56. U.S. songwriter and record producer. Mr. Farrell was one of the most prolific songwriters in pop music in the 1960s and early '70s, co-writing such songs as Boys and Hang On Sloopy, and numerous songs for the Partridge Family. He died of cancer.

War
The siege of Sarajevo officially ended, four years to the day since Bosnian Muslims and Croats had voted in a referendum to break away from Yugoslavia.

World events
A Greek warship and a Turkish naval vessel collided in Greek waters. The countries were in a dispute over an island in the Aegean Sea, and Turkey had recalled her ambassador from Greece a week earlier. Greece had rejected an offer from the United States to mediate the dispute.

Defense
The United Nations extended the mandate of its mission in Haiti, although the United States indicated that it would pull out as scheduled. Canada took command of the mission.

Economics and finance
The Venezuelan government of President Rafael Caldera Rodriguez suspended talks with the International Monetary Fund, following demonstrations by students, professors, and civil servants protesting IMF-enforced changes. The suspension delayed the release of a $7.5-billion rescue package.

Disasters
Faucett Flight 251, a Boeing 737-200 jet, crashed on approach to Rodríguez Ballón International Airport at Arequipa, Peru while making its first stop on a flight from Lima to Tacna. All 123 passengers and crew were killed.

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