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This Day in History for February 29 – First Playboy Club Opens and More

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Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

46 BC – Julius Caesar proclaims the first Leap Day (More info)

1940 – Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African-American to win an Academy Award, taking the prize for her role as Mammy in ‘Gone with the Wind’ (More info)

1960 – ‘The Family Circus’ comic strip makes its debut (More info)

1960 – Hugh Hefner opens the first Playboy Club in Chicago (More info)

1972 – Hank Aaron becomes the first player in the history of Major League Baseball to sign a $200,000 contract (More info)

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