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Wednesday, February 29, 2012


February 29, known as a leap day in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are evenly divisible by 4, such as 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Years that are evenly divisible by 100 do not contain a leap day, with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400, which do contain a leap day; thus 1900 did not contain a leap day while 2000 did. Years containing a leap day are called leap years. February 29 is the 60th day of the Gregorian calendar in such a year, with 306 days remaining until the end of that year.

A person who is born on February 29 may be called a "leapling" or a "leap year baby". In non-leap years, some leaplings celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, while others only observe birthdays on the authentic intercalary dates.

In the United States, a person legally attains a given age on the day before his corresponding birthday, i.e., the anniversary of his birth corresponding to that age. Accordingly, anyone born on a Leap Day legally turns 21 on February 28th, twenty-one years later. Incidentally, this also means anyone in the United States may legally consume alcohol on the day before his or her 21st birthday.[5] In England and Wales, the legal birthday of a leapling is March 1 in common years. The same applies in Hong Kong as well (see Leap Years, above). In Taiwan (Republic of China) and in New Zealand, the legal birthday of a leapling is February 28 in common years.

From: Wikipedia


Anonymous said...

I use to know a man whose birthday was leap day and he considered himself only to be the age of however many times leap day had happened during his life. It's interesting how this countradicts that.

Taylor Bishop
Com 101

gabriela Silva Com 101-4049 said...

I dont understand why we have a leap year. Why cant there just always be a 29th day in febuary or just not have a 29th day at all.

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Anonymous said...

I would hate to be born on a leap year. It would have given my family a reason not to have to buy me presents every year. Although, it would probebly be a little fun to play around with.

Chris Smith com101 sec4049

Holly Knowlton com 101 4049 said...

From what i read yesterday, julius caeser got his facts all mixed up. The year actually consists of 365 1/4 days. So every four year they add an extra day so the earth is still align with the sun. otherwise christmas could slowy creep up in july. CRAZY!

Anonymous said...

Madison Harper com 101 4044
I feel so bad for leap year babies that has to suck only having a birthday every four years.