Since February 29th only comes around every four years, I decided to do a little different type of post. I researched some things that happened on this unique day.
The following things happened on February 29th:
- 1504 – Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians
- 1796 – Jay’s Treaty proclaimed, settles some differences with England
- 1848 – Neufchatel declares independence of Switzerland
- 1880 – Gotthard railway tunnel between Switzerland & Italy completed
- 1892 – Britian & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea
- 1892 – St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
- 1904 – Theodore Roosevelt, appoints 7 man committee to study Panama Canal
- 1908 – Dutch scientists produce solid helium
- 1940 – “Gone with the Wind,” wins 8 Oscars
- 1940 – Hattie McDaniel becomes 1st black woman to win an Oscar
- 1952 – Men’s Figure Skating Championship in Paris won by Richard Button USA
- 1956 – Pres Eisenhower announces he would seek a 2nd term
- 1960 – Earthquake kills 1/3 of Agadir Morocco population (12,000) in 15 sec
- 1960 – JFK makes “missile gap” the presidential campaign issue
- 1968 – Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” wins Grammy
- 1968 – Howard Hanson’s 6th Symphony, premieres
- 1968 – US end regular flights with nuclear bombs
- 1968 – US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
- 1972 – Hank Aaron becomes 1st baseball player to sign for $200,000 a year
- 1980 – Gordie Howe becomes 1st NHL player to score 800 career goals
- 1992 – Professional Spring Football League begins
- 2000 – At least 700 died in flooding in Mozambique
- 2004 – 76th Academy Awards Oscar Ceremony, Billy Crystal hosts, Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King sweeps all eleven nominations, including Best Picture, Sean Penn and Charlize Theron win lead acting awards
Ultimately, as a leader everyday counts. You must think about the people you lead and the example you set for those you lead. I love the saying, “Carpe Diem” because it means seize the day! You must always live every day as if it is your last.
So how did you spend your day today? Did you make a difference to those around you? Were you a good leader today? Please comment in the comment section below!