As many already know, 2016 will have 366 days of the year. However, do we really know why this happens every four years?
Leap year was created by the Roman dictator, Julius Caesar, in 46 B.C. The ancient Roman calendar was based on a total of 355 days in a year. However, they later realized that the time it takes for the Earth to rotate once around the sun is actually 365.25 days. This lead the Romans to create our now 365 day calendar with the exception that on every fourth year, an extra day be added to make up for the lost time the earth is really moving around the sun. Leap day, February 29, occurs nearly every four years, but leap day babies, or leaplings, still get to celebrate their birthdays in common years. Some celebrate on February 28, some prefer March first. However, many countries have laws defining which date a person born on February 29 comes of age in legal terms. For instance in New Zealand, the official birthday falls on February 28 in common years; in other countries like the United Kingdom, leap year babies have to wait until March 1.
Some celebrities with Leap Year birthdays would include:
1468 – Pope Paul III (d. 1549)
1792 – Gioacchino Rossini, Italian composer (William Tell, The Barber of Seville) (d. 1868)
1896 – Morarji Desai, former Indian prime minister (d. 1995)
1968 – Wendi Louise Peters, English television and theatre character actress
1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer (d. 1994)
1924 – Al Rosen, American baseball player
1924 – Carlos Humberto Romero, former president of El Salvador
1960 – Anthony (Tony) Robbins, American motivational speaker
1964 – Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player
1972 – Saul Stacey Williams, American singer, musician, poet, writer, and actor
1972 – Antonio Sabàto Jr, Italian-born actor
1976 – Ja Rule (real name Jeffrey Atkins), American rapper and actor
1980 – Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer
By: May Fry
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Antonio Sabato Jr. is an American actor and model who was born on leap year.