February 29th – a little on leap years

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We are just at the cusp of what would be February 29th in a leap year. So I wanted to look into it.

A leap year is inserted every 4 years so that the calendar and solar years can come into synch. However, it’s not perfect, so we skip a leap year every 3/4 centuries. Complicated!

Julius Caesar was the first to insert extra days to months to adjust the calendar to the seasons, to put in one extra day per four years, and to have the 365 day calendar.

After Caesar died, the calendar was mistakenly shifted every 3 years until it was corrected in 8 AD. The seasons shifted with all of this until the calendar was “reformed so that a leap day would occur in any year that is divisible by 4 but not divisible by 100 except when the year is divisible by 400.”

The 400 year cycle and the calendars have the same week days – February 29, 2004 is a Sunday and February 29, 2404 is a Sunday

The calendar we use now is still off 1 day every 3236 years

The 29th of Feb is also known as Sadie Hawkins Day – a day when women were “allowed” to court their man

The days in the month poem – I bet you didn’t know the last line!

Thirty days hath September,
April, June, and November;
All the rest have thirty-one
Excepting February alone:
Which hath but twenty-eight, in fine,
Till leap year gives it twenty-nine.

There is a World Wide Leap Year Festival

0.0684% of the world’s population are born on leap year – i.e. are Leapers

When do you celebrate your birthday as a Leaper? February, March, or just darn every day? Most choose February.

Feb 29th 1504, there was a lunar eclipse as Columbus was bargaining with the natives over food supply – the eclipse made him seem powerful

“Neutrality Act” of February 29, 1936 – excerpt “Whenever the President shall have issued his proclamation as provided for in section 1 of this Act, it shall thereafter during the period of the war be unlawful for any person within the United States to purchase, sell, or exchange bonds, securities, or other obligations of the government of any belligerent country, or of any political subdivision thereof, or of any person acting for or on behalf of such government, issued after the date of such proclamation, or to make any loan or extend any credit to any such government or person: Provided, That if the President shall find that such action will serve to protect the commercial or other interests of the United States or its nationals, he may, in his discretion, and to such extent and under such regulation as he may prescribe, except from the operation of this section ordinary commercial credits and short-time obligations in aid of legal transactions and of a character customarily used in normal peace-time commercial transactions.”

Birthday of Ja Rule and Antonio Sabato Jr

Day in 1960 when the first Playboy Club opens in Chicago

Anniversary of my grandparents :)

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