46 b.c. - Julius Caesar declares the first leap day. Wow! It's been around for many thousands of years. How cool is that?
1288 - Scotland established this day as one when a woman could propose marriage to a man. In the event that he refused the proposal he was required to pay a fine.
1692 - Three women (Sarah Goode, Sarah Osbourne and Tituba) were the first women accused of witchcraft in Salem.
1784 - The Methodist church is formally established.
1849 - The California lands in San Fransisco, bringing the first of the gold rusher miners from the East Coast.
1860 - The first electric tabulating machine was invented by Herman Hollerith.
1940 - Hattie McDaniel wins a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Mamie in Gone With the Wind - historic because she was the first black person to win an Oscar.
1952 - In New York City, four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square that told pedestrians when to walk.
1960 - Hugh Hefner opens, in Chicago, the first Playboy Club.
1983 - The most watched television show in the history of TV airs: the final episode of MASH.
2004 - Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King wins 11 Oscars.
Ann Lee (Anne the Word or Mother Anne) 1736 - Founder of Shakerism in United States
Gioacchino Rossini 1792 - Opera composer ("The Barber of Seville")
Sir James Wilson 1813 - Premier of Tasmania
John Philip Holland 1840 - Inventor of the first submarine accepted by the U.S. Navy
Jimmy Dorsey 1904 - bandleader
Dinah Shore 1916 - Singer, entertainer ("The Dinah Shore Show")
Jack Lousma 1936 - Astronaut
Henri Richard 1936 - Hockey player known as "The Pocket Rocket", he played on 11 Stanley Cup champion teams
Alex Rocco 1936 - Actor ("The Godfather", "Herbie Goes Bananas")
Gretchen Christopher 1940 - Singer (Fleetwoods)
Joe Giglio 1940 - Singer (The Four Aces)
Dennis Farina 1944 - Actor ("Law & Order", "Striking Distance")
Steve Mingori 1944 - Baseball player
John Niland 1944 - Football player
Antonio Sabato, Jr. 1972 - Actor
Johann Andreas Stein (1792) - German piano builder
Sir James Wilson (1880) - Premier of Tasmania
Pat Garrett (1908) - American Gunslinger
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Happy Leap Day 2012!