- February 29 doesn't come around every year. It takes the Earth 365 1/4 days to revolve around the sun. Every 4 years, that 1/4 equals a whole extra day, turning into February 29!
- It was the early Romans who designated February 29 as leap day.
- A calculation for a Gregorian calendar was established in the 16th century to include leap day in years only divisible by 4.
- There is a tradition originating in 5th century Ireland of women proposing to men on leap year day
- There was a law in Scotland forbidding a man to decline a February 29 proposal.
- People born on leap year day are called "leaplings".
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Leap Day - Your Extra Day!
Some things you may not know about February 29: