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February 29 in history:

No wonder Superman can leap over tall buildings.  He’s a leap year baby, according to DC Comics.  For the 50th anniversary of Superman comics in 1988, DC declared that the day baby Kal-el was born on Krypton happened to be February 29th on Earth.  On February 29th of ’88, a Superman birthday special hosted by Dana Carvey aired on CBS.

In 2011, actor Sean Penn was mentioned as a possible candidate to play Kal-el’s father Jor-el in a future Superman movie.  Penn won his first Best Actor Oscar for the movie Mystic River at the Academy Awards on February 29th, 2004.  The Best Actress winner that night was Charlize Theron for the film Monster, where she played real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos.  Coincidentally, Wuornos was born on February 29th of 1956.

February 29th also was Oscar night in Hollywood in 1940, when Gone With the Wind won for best picture, best actress, and best supporting actress.  Hattie McDaniel won that last award, becoming the first African-American performer to earn an Oscar for acting.  The Wizard of Oz was honored for best original score, and best song, “Over the Rainbow.”
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