The chances of being born on leap day, Feb. 29, the day that is added in a leap year, are remote — one in about 1,500. It is estimated that there are 187,000 leapers, leapsters, or leaplings (yes, there are names for them) in America today.
Among these leaplings are famous rappers, actors, and sports figures who are still among us. Others have passed into history, having made contributions in various fields.
To find out which famous people were born on leap day, 24/7 Tempo reviewed articles and materials from websites such as timeanddate.com.
Leaplings keep two sets of ages, annual and every four years. The birthday observance in non-leap years is either Feb. 28 or March 1. Leaplings have chosen to embrace their unique status with organizations such as The Honor Society of Leap Year Babies and the Order of 29’ers. Anthony, Texas, calls itself the Leap Year Capital of the World and holds a three-day celebration in leap years.
Some leaplings have gained fame for particular leap day quirks. The 19th-century Tasmanian Premier, Sir James Wilson, was born and died on a leap day. Karin Henriksen of Norway gave birth to three kids on consecutive Feb. 29ths — in 1960, 1964, and 1968. These may be quirky examples, but significant events have also occured on Feb. 29. Here are leap days that made news.
To find out which famous people were born on leap day, 24/7 Tempo reviewed articles and materials from websites such as timeanddate.com, a website that provides information about time and the world’s time zones, as well as media sources such as syracuse.com, and celebrity websites such as famousbirthdays.com. We included famous (and some infamous) leapers from the past, as well as contemporary leaplings who have gained fame as actors, rappers, or in sports to create our list.
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