February 29, 1736 - Gioacchino Rossini, Italian operatic composer

February 29, 1792 - John Holland, American inventor of the submarine

February 29, 1904 - Jimmy Dorsey, US bandleader

February 29, 1940 - Mario Andretti, Italian racing driver

February 29, 1736 - Ann Lee, Founder of the American Society of Shakers

February 29, 1995 - 65% of the population in Bosnia Herzegovina voted in favour of independence

February 29, 1956 - Pakistan became an Islamic republic

February 29, 1968 - The discovery of the first pulsar in space was announced

February 29, 1880 - The St Gotthard tunnel through the Alps was completed

February 29, 1604 - John Landseer, the famous painter, died