80 Years Ago—February 29, 1940: Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Ernest Lawrence; ceremony held in Berkeley rather than Stockholm.
Academy Awards are held:
- Best picture of 1939—Gone with the Wind
- Best actor—Robert Donat in Goodbye, Mr. Chips
- Best actress—Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind
- Hattie McDaniel becomes the first black woman to win an Oscar (supporting actress in Gone with the Wind).