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Leap Day: Year 2020

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LizzieDore_ARSThings to Know About Leap Day – Year 2020

  • Leap Day Originated with the Egyptians 
  • The Leap Year tradition didn’t reach Rome until Julius Caesar
  • Leap Day is a way to make sure time in true with the rotation of the Earth
  • Each year, a quarter-day is earned; therefore, 1 leap day is added every four years
  • Leap Year happens every 4 years
  • Leap Year is always on an even-numbered year
  • A Leap Year adds 24 hours to the year –  creating the “leap day” on February 29th

Have you watched the movie Leap Year?

The cultural context of the movie…

Ages ago, Leap Day was known as “Ladies Day” or “Ladies’ Privilege,” as it was the one day when women were free to propose to men. Today, Sadie Hawkins Day sometimes applies to Feb 29 (leap day), based on this older tradition.1

Born on a Leap Day

  • Your given nickname is leapling or leaper
  • Being born on a Leap Year is a sign of good luck.
  • 4.1 Million people are born on a leap year worldwide 
  • The chances of being born on a Leap Year – 1 in 1,461
  • The Henriksen siblings were all born on leap days – Heidi 1960, Olva 1964, and Leif-Martin 1968

20 Famous People Born on a Leap Day

Activist

  • Ann Lee

Actors

  • Antonio Sabato Jr.
  • Dennis Farina
  • Gérard Darmon
  • Michèle Morgan

American Serial Killers

  • Aileen Wuornos
  • Richard Ramirez

Authors

  • Tony Robbins

Dancer

  • Rukmini Devi Arundale 

Models

  • Antonio Sabàto, Jr. 
  • Lena Gercke

Musical Artists 

  • Dinah Shore
  • Gioacchino Rossini
  • Ja Rule
  • Jimmy Dorsey
  • Khaled
  • Kiyoe Yoshioka
  • Korede Bello

Prime Minister

  • Pedro Sánchez

Trainer

  • Billy Turner

Famous Occurrences in a Leap Year 

64: Rome burns

1620: The Pilgrims land at Plymouth, Massachusetts

1692: The first warrants for arrests are issued for the Salem witchcraft trials

1752: Benjamin Franklin proves lightning is electricity

1848: Gold is discovered in California

1912: The Titanic sinks 

1936: The Soviet government renames the First Leningrad Medical Institute “The Pavlov Institute” two days after Ivan Pavlov’s death

1968: The album “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” wins a Grammy for ‘Album of the Year’

 

 

1 https://www.history.com/news/why-do-we-have-leap-year  

2 https://www.history.com/news/all-about-leap-day

3 https://www.almanac.com/content/when-next-leap-year

4 https://www.businessinsider.com/leap-year-history-february-29-2012-2#1868-benjamin-disraeli-begins-his-first-term-as-britains-first-and-only-jewish-prime-minister-5

 

Elizabeth Dore-WelchLeap Day: Year 2020

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