February 29, 2012

Leaping Forward

The saying is that time is our more precious commodity. We’re always chasing for more yet we never seem to have enough. The bigger question is, do we value it properly?

Much will be said and written about today, February 29th. It happens once every four years. We have an entire extra day this year to catch up on all those things we keep meaning to do. Make those calls, give more thought and get it done.

It takes 365 days and 6 hours for a complete revolution around the sun so to catch up, we get a leap year every four years. If you’re born today, you may have a celebration every four years or do it on February 28th or March 1st.

Some notable February 29th events 

In 1504, Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse that night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies. The city of  St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated in 1892.

On February 29, 1956 then U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower announced that he is running for a second term. Family Circle comic strip made its debut in 1960. February 29 is followed by February 30 in Sweden, in a move to abolish the Swedish calendar for a return to the Julian calendar in 1712.

And among those born today are; Tony Robbins, Jimmy Dorsey, Dinah Shore, James Mitchell, Henri Richard, Dave Williams (Drowning Pool), Simon Gagné and Cam Ward.

We have an extra day this year. Let's use it wisely! 

Kneale Mann

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