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Leap Year Day

The Earth actually takes longer than 365 days to complete its trip around the Sun—five hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds longer, to be precise. To accommodate this discrepancy, an extra day is added to the Gregorian calendar at the end of February every four years. The year in which this occurs is called Leap Year, probably because the English courts did not always recognize February 29, and the date was often "leaped over" in the records. There was an old tradition that women could propose marriage to men during Leap Year. The men had to pay a forfeit if they refused. More...
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Frogs are associated with leap years. This is a leaping frog Photo: Getty

Famous people born on a leap day
The chances of having a birthday on a leap day are extremely slim - the odds are one in 1,461 to be exact - and there's quite an eclectic mix of famous people born on the day.

John Byrom - Romantic poet
Pope Paul III - 16th Century pontiff
George Bridgetower - 19th Century musician
Ann Lee - leader of the Shakers
Gioacchino Rossini - Italian composer
Charles Pritchard - British astronomer
Sir Dave Brailsford - English cyclist and coach
Tony Robbins - Motivational speaker
Alan Richardson - composer
Darren Ambrose - English footballer
Ja Rule - rapper

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