This isn’t a Leap Year but if it were…
. 1792 ~ Gioachino Rossini, Italian composer
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. 1898 ~ Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, Russian-born Swiss composer
. 1904 ~ Jimmy Dorsey, American clarinetist, bandleader and saxophonist
. 1916 ~ Dinah (Frances Rose) Shore, Emmy Award-winning singer and entertainer
. 1932 ~ Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers teamed up to record Shine for Brunswick Records.
. 1936 ~ Fanny Brice brought her little girl character “Baby Snooks” to radio on “The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air” on CBS Radio. Miss Brice presented the character and later sang My Man on the program. She was 44 at the time, and was known as America’s “Funny Girl” long before Barbra Streisand brought her even greater fame and notoriety nearly 30 years later.
. 1964 ~ The United States was in the grip of Beatlemania! I Want to Hold Your Hand, by the lads from Liverpool, was in its 5th week at #1 on the pop charts. It stayed there until March 21, when it was replaced by She Loves You, which was replaced byCan’t Buy Me Love, which was finally replaced by Hello Dolly, by Louis Armstrong, on May 9, 1964. 14 straight weeks of #1 music by The Beatles!
. 2012 ~ Singer of the popular Sixties group, The Monkees, Davy Jones died at the age of 66 after suffering from a heart attack. The popular singer and former teen idol became a member of The Monkees in 1966 and starred in The Monkees’ television show. Jones had also acted in a few other television shows during his career. Later in life he went back to his first passion of horses and became a jockey.