Leap Year Day / Bachelors’ Day

Leap Year Day

February 29

According to the Plain Dealer, “leap days are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun.  It takes the Earth approximately 365.242189 days – or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds – to circle once around the Sun. This called a tropical year. Without an extra day on February 29 nearly every four years, we would lose almost six hours every year. After only 100 years, our calendar would be off by approximately 24 days.

Julius Caesar introduced the first leap year around 46 B.C., but his Julian calendar had only one rule: Any year evenly divisible by four would be a leap year. That created too many leap years, but the math wasn’t tweaked until Pope Gregory XIII introduced his Gregorian calendar more than 1,500 years later. There’s a leap year every year that is divisible by four, except for years that are both divisible by 100 and not divisible by 400. The year 2000 was a leap year, but the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not. The added rule about centuries (versus just every four years) was an additional fix to make up for the fact that an extra day every four years is too much of a correction.”


Bachelors’ Day

February 29

Technically, just because you are a single male does not make you a “bachelor.”  To qualify a male must be dedicated to being single and even though he may date regularly, he is opposed to marriage. If the physiologists’ definition of bachelorhood is correct, it seems strange that the TV show “The Bachelor” is all about a single male trying to find his bride.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Tony Robbins – Author & Life Coach – 59 – born in North Hollywood, California

Dinah Shore – Singer & Entertainer – passed at age 78 – born in Winchester, Tennessee


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