The referendum held between February 29 and March 1, by the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina received almost unanimous support, and on March 3 independence was proclaimed, prompting a violent by Serbian forces.

Other notable events on February 29th:

  • In 2012, The world’s tallest tower the Tokyo Skytree measuring 634 meters is completed.

  • In 2004, Jean-Bertrand Aristide is removed as President of Haiti after a coup d’etat.

  • In 1996, a Boeing 737 on its way to Rodríguez Ballón International Airport in Arequipa, Peru crashes in the Andes, killing all 123 on board.

  • In 1940, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American actor to win an Academy Award after she won Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Gone with the Wind”.