February 29th. Sound unfamilar? It is, because Feb 29th only comes once every four years, and even though you already knew that, ehre are some Leap Year Day facts that I'm pretty sure you don't know.
WHo knew that Feb 29th is a day for trickery? When Christopher Columbus wanted to trick Jamaicans. It was a leap day on Feb 29th 1504 and the chefs and stopped cooking food for Columbus's crew. So Coulmbus said that God would paint the moon red as a punishment. During the eclipse the chefs finally gave in and started providing food for the crew, and by then the eclipse ended.
Greek people believe that February 29th is an unlucky day to get married.
In Ireland, 29 February is called Bachelor's Day, when women are allowed to propose to men. Queen Margaret of Scotland began the tradition in 1288. If a man refused the proposal, he would be fined a kiss, a silk dress or 12 pairs of gloves.
On February 29, 2008, Michelle Birnbaum gave birth to a daughter. The funny thing is, Michelle was also born on a leap day, Feb 29 1980. The chances of this are about two million to one.
Sir James Milne Wilson was bor n on a leap day and died on a leap day. Coincedince? I think not.
In the 18th century, Sweden was going to change their calendar format and eliminated Leap Year for 40 years. The switch ended up not happening, forcing them to add February 30 to get back on track.
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