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TODAY IN HISTORY - 29 FEBRUARY



• 1504 - Christopher Columbus, stranded in Jamaica during his fourth voyage to the West, used a correctly predicted lunar eclipse to frighten hostile natives into providing food for his crew.



• 1904 - President Theodore Roosevelt appointed a seven-member commission to facilitate completion of the Panama Canal.

• 1968 - The discovery of the first pulsar, a star which emits regular radio waves, was announced by Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell at Cambridge, England.

• 1840 - John Philip Holland 2/29/1840 - 8/12/1914 Irish-bn. American "father of the modern submarine".





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