It would be remiss of me to not write about a Leap Year when the 29th lands on one of my regular newsletter days.

The next time a Leap Day is on a Thursday will be in 2052.

I’ll be 85 and unsure if I’ll still be sending you a weekly message.

Here are a couple of fun facts about leap years.

Julius Caesar introduced the concept of leap years in the Roman calendar over 2000 years ago.

The chance of being born on February 29th is about 1 in 1,461. Happy Birthday if that’s you.

On February 29th 1940: Hattie McDaniel became the first African American to win an Academy Award for her role in ‘Gone with the Wind’.

Although Feb 29th 2100 should be a leap year, it won’t be. This is because every 100 years (ish) the leap year is skipped to adjust the Gregorian calendar.

I’m sure there will be lots of motivational social media posts today encouraging you to ‘Do something amazing with your extra day’.

Of course, there’s no extra day, it’s just a day, but with a lesser-used date.

A different question could be, ‘What amazing things can you do with the 365 days you’re given every year?’

Please leave your thoughts on this message below.




  1. February 29th 2024 by Barry

    Hi Michael,

    ‘What amazing things can you do with the 365 days you’re given every year?’

    Well, I have been procrasinating on change for the last 5 , (yes, FIVE!) years and so maybe today is the day to change? After looking back through some of my notes in the last few days, I have been promising myself that tomorrow would be different…

  2. February 29th 2024 by Mrs Maja Tompkins

    When I worked at a college, one of our foreign students actually had his birthday on 29th February. I secretly organised a large birthday card for him and got it signed by all the people on his course, plus his lecturers, and we gave him a nice surprise with it.

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