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Tokyo Skytree is completed

Tokyo Skytree was completed on Leap Day, being opened to the public almost 3 months after that. It became the tallest tower in the world at the time and 2nd tallest structure. It is used for broadcasting of radio and TV signals, just as well as observation. There is also Musashi Sky Restaurant, 345 above ground.

The Lord of the Rings dominates the Oscars

The 76th Academy Awards took place at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles and were hosted by Billy Crystal. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King won 11 awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. The awards for Best Actor and Best Actress went to Sean Penn and Charlize Theron.

Video game 'Civilization II' is released

Civilization II is a turn-based strategy video game in the Civilization series, developed and published by MicroProse. The game was designed by Brian Reynolds, Douglas Kaufman, and Jeff Briggs. It was originally released for the PC and later ported to the Sony PlayStation by Activision.

Agadir earthquake

The 1960 Agadir earthquake occurred 29 February at 23:40 Western European Time (UTC+00:00). Agadir is located in western Morocco on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Despite the earthquake's moderate moment magnitude of 5.8, its maximum perceived intensity was X (Extreme) on the Mercalli intensity scale. Between 12,000 and 15,000 people were killed and another 12,000 injured with at least 35,000 people left homeless, making it the most destructive and deadliest earthquake in Moroccan history. Particularly hard hit was the Talbordjt area. The earthquake's shallow focus, close proximity to the port city of Agadir, and unsatisfactory construction methods were all reasons declared by earthquake engineers and seismologists as to why it was so destructive.

The first Playboy Club with waitresses in bunny outfits is opened in Chicago

The first Playboy Club opened at 116 E. Walton Street in downtown Chicago in February 1960. Each club generally featured a Living Room, a Playmate Bar, a Dining Room, and a Club Room. Members and their guests were served food and drinks by Playboy Bunnies, some of whom were featured in Playboy magazine.

The first African-American woman wins an Oscar

Hattie McDaniel became the first African-American to receive an Academy Award, winning in the Best Supporting Actress for Gone with the Wind. Gone with the Wind received 13 nominations, winning 8 of them. The movie was later listed by the American Film Institute among the top 100 American movies.


NHL star Henri Richard is born

During his NHL career, Henri Richard played center with the Montreal Canadiens. He is the younger brother of Canadiens legend Maurice Richard. In 1979, he was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2017, he was named one of the 100 Greatest Players in history.

Italian physician Maria Montessori patents he educational philosophy

It’s still practiced in many schools around the world. It’s based on the scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood. Its key features are mixed-age classrooms, student choice of activity, uninterrupted blocks of work time, freedom of movement within the classroom, specialized educational made out of natural materials etc.

American inventor Herman Hollerith is born

He is regarded as one of the seminal figures in the development of data processing. He constructed the electromechanical tabulating machine. It was capable of summarizing data stored on punched cards. Hollerith developed the machine when he was working for the U. S. Census Bureau. Later he started his own company, which became IBM.

Irish engineer John Holland is born

He is known as the father of modern submarine. He designed the first submarine ordered by U. S. Navy, the USS Holland. The same design was ordered by Royal Navy and The Imperial Japanese Navy. The boat had many features that submarines of the early 20th century would exhibit, albeit in later, more advanced forms.

Lunar eclipse trick of Christopher Columbus

Italian explorer Christopher Columbus was stuck on the Jamaican coast and dependent on a provision from the natives. The natives no longer wanted to support him. Columbus looked into astronomical tables and noticed that there was a lunar eclipse coming for the next day. He used it to frighten the Jamaicans and persuade them to continue with the support.

Anniversaries of the (in)famous

born 1960

Tony Robbins

died 2012

Davy Jones

died 2020

Odile Pierre