The chances of having a leap birthday are one in 1,461. People who are born on February 29 are referred to as “leaplings”, or “leapers”. In non-leap years, many leaplings choose to celebrate their birthday on either February 28 or March 1, while purists stick to February 29 for the occasion.
Some suggest those born before midday on February 29 should celebrate their birthdays on February 28, while those born in the afternoon and evening of the 28th should celebrate their special day on March 1 (St David’s Day).
About 4.1 million people around the world have been born on the 29th.
Pisces is the zodiac sign of a person born on February 29, and amethyst is the birthstone for this month.
Are you celebrating a birthday on February 29th? Majestic Wine is offering a free bottle of champagne (to those who buy six bottles).
(We gather the offer is open to those over 18 and not just 72-year-olds as you might imagine…)
Famous people born on a leap day
The chances of having a birthday on a leap day are extremely slim – the odds are one in 1,461 to be exact – and there’s quite an eclectic mix of famous people born on the day.
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- John Byrom – Romantic poet
- Pope Paul III – 16th Century pontiff
- George Bridgetower – 19th Century musician
- Ann Lee – leader of the Shakers
- Gioacchino Rossini – Italian composer
- Charles Pritchard – British astronomer
- Sir Dave Brailsford – English cyclist and coach
- Tony Robbins – Motivational speaker
- Alan Richardson – composer
- Darren Ambrose – English footballer
- Ja Rule – rapper