February 29th the extra day we add to our calendar every four years to keep the earth in sync with our seasons.

Our yearly trip around the sun takes 365.2422 days, picking up 1/4 of a day each year,  except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400, this extra rule is added to correct the not so perfect 4 year adjustment.

Leap year is not a holiday, although there has been a push to make it one.

The odds of you being born on February 29th is 1,461 to 1

Legally if you are not in a leap year, you're age status will change on March 1st of that year, so if you were turning 21 in a year with no February 29th, you would be able to legally drink and purchase alcohol on March 1st of that year.

There are around 187,000 Americans who were born on leap day, some notables include

Leap Year Birthdays

  • John Byrom - Romantic poet Pope Paul III - 16th Century pontiff
  • George Bridgetower - 19th Century musician
  • Ann Lee - leader of the Shakers
  • Gioacchino Rossini - Italian composer
  • Charles Pritchard - British astronomer
  • Sir Dave Brailsford - English cyclist and coach
  • Dinah Shore-Actress/Singer
  • Dennis Farina -Actor
  • Tony Robbins - Motivational speaker
  • Peter Scanavino is 36. Actor
  • Alan Richardson - composer

Leap Year in history

  • February 29, 1940 "Gone With The Wind" won 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture of 1939.
  • February 29, 1960 The first playboy club featuring waitresses in "bunny" outfits, opened in Chicago.
  • February 29, 1968 The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" won Album of the Year.
    February 29, 2004 "Finding Nemo" won an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
  • February 29, 2012 Davy Jones of The Monkees died from a heart attack at 66.

AND ladies in case you were waiting for a good reason, Leap Day is also 'Bachelor Day' and women are encouraged to propose to men.