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February 29 in history:
- 2004: After weeks of unrest and under pressure from foreign governments and insurgents, President Jean Bertrand Aristide fled Haiti.
- 1940: Hattie McDaniel won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her performance in Gone With the Wind, the first African American actor or actress to be thusly honored; these ceremonies were hosted, for the first of many times, by Bob Hope.
- 1880: The Saint Gotthard Railway Tunnel, linking Switzerland and Italy through the Alps, was completed; it had taken eight years to build and cost 300 lives.
- 1692: In Salem, Massachusetts, two young girls in the household of the Rev. Samuel Parris were arrested and charged with witchcraft, leading to the Salem Witch Trials.