The 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.
Sarah Goode and Tituba are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, sparking the hysteria that started the Salem Witch Trials.
Union Brig. Gen. Judson Kilpatrick splits his forces at the Rapidan River ordering Col. Ulric Dahlgren to lead 500 men his men to Goochland Court House, while the remainder followed Kilpatrick in his raid on Richmond.
Lt. William B. Cushing leads a landing party from the USS Monticello to Smithville, NC, in an attempt to capture Confederate Brig. Gen. Louis Hebert, only to discover that Hebert and his men had already moved on Wilmington.
Hattie McDaniel is first African American to win an Academy Award--best supporting actress--for her performance in Gone With The Wind.
Dorothy Vredenburgh accepts an appointment by the Democratic National Committee becoming the first woman secretary of a national political party in the U.S.
US forces catch Japanese troops off-guard and easily take control of the Admiralty Islands in Papua New Guinea.
The first pedestrian "Walk/Don't Walk" signs are installed at 44th Street and Broadway at Times Square.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces he will seek second term.
President Lyndon B. Johnson reveals the U.S. secretly developed the Lockheed A-11 jet fighter.
Henry "Hank" Aaron becomes first baseball player to sign a baseball contract for $200,000 a year.