What is Leap Year?


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CV Student Media –

JOSH HERMANSTORFER –

  • The reason we have leap day is that technically, every year has around 365 1/4 days, but fractions are just too confusing, so having an extra day every four years keeps us somewhat on track.
  • It’s traditional for women to propose to men on a leap year.
  • The years 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years. Every year that is divisible by 100, but not 400, does not have a leap year. This is to help the overcorrection of adding a day every four years because technically, it takes the earth 365.2422 days to revolve around the sun. If every four years had 366 days, we would be thrown a lot farther off.
  • The odds of having a birthday on leap day is one in 1, 461.
  • Only about 4.1 million people in the world have been born on leap day.
  • On leap day in 1940, the first black person, Hattie McDaniel, won an Oscar for her role in Gone With the Wind.
  • February 29 is also known as Rare Disease Day.
  • Leap years are also the years of the Summer Olympics and Presidential elections.
  • In Ireland, February 29 is Bachelor’s Day (ever seen the movie Leap Year with Amy Adams?).
  • Julius Caesar is the one who proposed the idea of having a leap year.
  • Leap day babies are often referred to as leaplings. It is rumored that they have unusual talents as astrologers.
  • Technically, 16 year-old leaplings have only had 4 birthdays.

*Facts according to USA Today and The Telegraph*