21 Eye-Opening Facts about Leap Day : You Don't Know!

21 Eye-Opening Facts about Leap Day : You Don't Know!

21 Suprising Facts about Leap Day

  • February 29 is a leap day (or "leap year day"), an intercalary date added periodically to create leap years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars.
  • It is the 60th day of a leap year in both calendars, and 306 days remain until the end of the leap year.
  • It is the last day of February in leap years, with the exception of 1712 in Sweden.
  • It is also the last day of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the last day of meteorological summer in the Southern Hemisphere in leap years.
  • In the Gregorian calendar, the standard civil calendar used in most of the world, February 29 is added in each year that is an integer multiple of four unless it is evenly divisible by 100 but not by 400.
  • For example, 1900 was not a leap year but 2000 was.
  • The Julian calendar—since 1923 a liturgical calendar—has a February 29 every fourth year without exception.
  • Consequently, February 29 in the Julian calendar, since 1900, falls 13 days later than February 29 in the Gregorian, until the year 2100.
  • 1712 – February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Julian calendar.
  • 1908 – James Madison University is founded at Harrisonburg, Virginia in the United States as The State Normal and Industrial School for Women by the Virginia General Assembly.
  • 1916 – Tokelau is annexed by the United Kingdom.
  • 1916 – In South Carolina, the minimum working age for factory, mill and mine workers is raised from 12 to 14 years old.
  • 1920 – The Czechoslovak National Assembly adopts the Constitution.
  • 1936 – The February 26 Incident in Tokyo ends.
  • 1940 – For her performance as Mammy in Gone with the Wind, Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award.
  • 1956 – Jonathan Coleman, English-Australian radio and television host (d. 2021).
  • 1988 – Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the House of Commons of Canada to come out as gay.
  • 1976 – Florence P. Dwyer, American politician (b. 1902).
  • 1996 – The Siege of Sarajevo officially ends.
  • 2012 – North Korea agrees to suspend uranium enrichment and nuclear and long-range missile tests in return for US food aid.
  • 2020 – The United States and the Taliban sign the Doha Agreement for bringing peace to Afghanistan.

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