Happy Leap Day – and Leap Year, too, of course. And if you're one of the few who happen to be born on this day, happy birthday – finally!
Leap Day is literally the rarest of dates on which anything can happen, but it's not without its merits and its not without its share of historical happenings. It's just that it gets a lot fewer of them, as a result of a cruel quirk of the Gregorian calendar. In case you've written this day off as just an extra 24 hours tacked randomly onto the shortest month, well here's a list of a few things you maybe didn't know about why it exists and why it's important.