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1504 - Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
1704 - Queen Anne's War: French forces and Native Americans stage a raid on Deerfield, Massachusetts, killing 100 men, women, and children.
1712 - February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Old style.
1720 - Queen Ulrika Eleonora of Sweden abdicates in favour of her husband, who becomes King Frederick I.
1864 - American Civil War: Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid fails – plans to free 15,000 Union soldiers being held near Richmond, Virginia are thwarted.
1892 - St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated.
1916 - Child labor: In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from twelve to fourteen years old.
1932 - TIME magazine features eccentric American politician William "Alfalfa" Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.
1936 - Baby Snooks, played by Fanny Brice, debuts on the radio program The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air.
1940 - For her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.
1940 - Finland initiates Winter War peace negotiations
1940 - In a ceremony held in Berkeley, California, because of the war, physicist Ernest Lawrence receives the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics from Sweden's Consul General in San Francisco.
1944 - World War II: The Admiralty Islands are invaded in Operation Brewer led by American General Douglas MacArthur.
1952 - The island of Heligoland is restored to German authority.
1956 - U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower announces to the nation that he is running for a second term.
1960 - An earthquake in Morocco kills over 3,000 people and nearly destroys Agadir in the southern part of the country.
1960 - Family Circus makes its debut.
1964 - In Sydney, Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser sets a new world record in the 100-meter freestyle swimming competition (58.9 seconds).
1972 - Vietnam War: Vietnamization – South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam.
1972 - Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract.
1980 - Gordie Howe of the then Hartford Whalers makes NHL history as he scores his 800th goal.
1984 - Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau announces he will retire as soon as the Liberals can elect another leader.
1988 - South African archbishop Desmond Tutu is arrested along with 100 clergymen during a five-day anti-apartheid demonstration in Cape Town
1988 - Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.
1996 - A Peruvian Boeing 737 crashes in the Andes, killing 123 people.
2004 - Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as President of Haiti following popular rebel uprising.

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26 JanuaryRepublic Day (गणतंत्र दिवस, Republic Day)
29 FebruaryDiwali (Dipawali dewanagari दीपावली)
29 FebruaryVesākha (Vesak, Buddha Purnima, बैसाख)
29 FebruaryHoli (dewanagari होली trl. holī, bengali হোলি )
29 MarchGood Friday (अच्छा शुक्रवार)
10 AprilEnd of Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr)
16 JulyDay of Ashura (Ashura)
15 AugustIndependence Day (स्वतंत्रता दिवस, Independence Day)
2 OctoberMahatma Gandhi's Birthday (Gandhi Jayanti)
25 DecemberChristmas (क्रिसमस)
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Republic of India
Bhārat Gaāarājya, trb. Bharat Ganaradźja
Republic of India - FlagRepublic of India - Coat of arms
Republic of India - Location
Capital: New Delhi
Official languages: English (statewide), Hindi (Central Government and ten states), Sanskrit (statewide)
Government: Republic
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Population: 1 147 996 000
Area: 3 287 590 km²
Religion: Hinduism (81,1%), Islam (12%), Christianity (2,3%)
Time Zone: UTC +5:30
Auto Code: IND
Internet TLD: .in
Calling code: +91
Corporate Income Tax: 45,00%
Personal Income Tax: 0-33%
Value Added Tax: 12,50%
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