The Rarest Birthday of All


Erica Thorner, Staff Writer

Ever wonder why we have leap year or what exactly it is?
A leap year is an extra day that occurs every four years in February. According to, the earth’s year is 365.24219 days long and an extra day is needed to keep the calendar year synchronized with the seasonal year. If there was no leap year the seasonal pattern would be off balance, such as summer starting in late July instead of June.


Leap year was first brought about from Julius Caesar in 45 BC. According to, the Romans originally had a 355 day calendar, but Julius Caesar wanted to keep festivals occurring around the same season each year and added different days to months, creating a 365 day year calendar. Caesar decided to add another day February 29, making every fourth year a leap year, so that everything will be in sync.

What if your birthday is on a leap day?

It is very rare for somebody to have a birthday on February 29. Only one out of 1461 people have a birthday on February 29. Many people who have a birthday on a leap day celebrate it on March 1 or February 28. For legal purposes and depending on the state, when there is not a Leap Year, their legal birthday is March 1. For example, if somebody is born on February 29, 2012 they can celebrate their birthday on February 28 or March 1 for the next 4 years. When February 29, 2016 comes around legally they will be 4 years old but astronomically they will be 1 year old.

Some Famous People with a Leap Year Birthday

  • Carlos Humberto Romero, former president of El Salvador, born 1924
  • Antonio Sabàto Jr, Italian-born actor, born 1972
  • Ja Rule, American rapper and actor, born 1976
  • Chris Conley, American musician and songwriter/composer, born 1980