The up and coming Leap Year of 2008 means that there will be 29 days this upcoming February. Leap Year has an interesting history, and contains 366 days in it, like 2008. Here are some interesting facts about Leap Year since it will be occurring in 2008.
History and Facts for February 29
According to Care2.com, this particular kind of year came about to make following the seasons easier for people. During the Roman reign of Julius Caesar, a calendar year was 355 days long, so this ruler began to add 1-2 extra days at the end of each month except for February, which got one day every fourth year. This implementation of the Julian Calendar would commence after the end of 46 B.C., starting in 45 B.C. But errors occurred after Julius Caesar’s death, which was in 44 B.C., where an extra day in February was added once every three years until it was corrected in 8 A.D. With the 16th century reign of Pope Gregory XIII, it was firmly established that Leap Years would happen every four years for years that are divisible by four and 400 (like when there’s a turn of the century such as in 1600, 2000, and 2400).
Leap Years also help make up for the fact that an earth year is basically 365.2425 days long. So that extra .2425 of a day is made up every fourth year so our measurement of time can be kept basically on track. According to Wikipedia, The Coptic and Ethiopian Calendars add an extra day to the conclusion of their calendar year that precedes our traditional Leap Year. Yet the Chinese calendar, since it’s lunisolar (that is, the date proclaims the moon phase and the solar year time), uses a Leap Month during Leap Years!
Wikipedia states that “leaplings” are people who were born on February 29 (or Leap Day). It’s also asserted that depending on which laws people with a February 29 birthdate find themselves ruled by, their birthdays can be either celebrated as February 28 or March 1 during non-Leap Years. So, for those people you know who will celebrate a birthdate on this day in 2008, well, you can call them a “leapling”. According to Infoplease, a person has roughly a 1 in 1500 chance of being born on Leap Day. In the United States, there are just under 200,000 people and some four million folks around the world who were born on this date of February 29. According to the Encyclopedia Americana 2004 Edition (Volume 17), King Henry VIII’s reign saw an English law passed where those born on Leap Year Day would have to celebrate their birthdays on February 28.
Some of the people born on February 29 of Leap Year include legendary band leader Jimmy Dorsey (born 1904), hockey star Henri Richard (born 1936), composer Gioacchino Rossini (born 1792). According to Wikipedia, the cities of Anthony, Texas and Anthony, New Mexico celebrate February 29 by throwing a birthday party for all people born on Leap Day whenever this day occurs. They began the festivities in 1988. People have come from other countries for this event, which is open to all who want to celebrate the birthdates of “leaplings”.