Wouldn’t it be great to get an extra day in a month . . . to do just as you want . . . sleep in, hang out, read, stay home from work (or school)!  Today is that day — but for most of us, it is just an extra day to go to work (or school) or whatever we normally do on any particular day.  I stumbled upon an interesting website while looking up info on Leap Day.  You can check it out here if you want to learn all there is to know about this unique date.

Most of us know Leap Year occurs every 4 years — in years that are evenly divisible by 4 — Unless that year is evenly divisible by 100 as in 1900 with the exception of years that are evenly divisible by 400 as in 2000.  Didn’t know that!  Our current calendar, the Gregorian Calendar, was adopted in the 16th century from the Julian (Julius Caesar) calendar in use for over 1000 years, because that calendar had too many leap days!

Great Britain and America did not begin using the current calendar until 1752 which caused some controversy because a whole block of days went missing in September!  All of these adjustments just to keep our daily activities lined up as close as possible to the movement of the moon, sun and Earth!  And in a couple thousand years, the calendar will need another change to keep up!

Mark that on your calendar.

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