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If the year is divisible by 100 then it is a Leap Year if it is also divisible by 400.

Famous Leapers


1996  Korede Bello is a Nigerian singer and songwriter currently signed to one of the biggest record labels in Nigeria, owned by a Nigerian, Mavin Records. He is best known for his hit single "Godwin", a semi-gospel and pop song which became a national anthem and topped many music charts across Nigeria.

1992  Caitlin E.J. Meyer - Actress

1988  Lena Johanna Gercke is a German fashion model and television host. She won the first cycle of Germany's Next Topmodel and is the host of Austria's Next Topmodel.

1988  Scott Golbourne, English footballer

1984  Ikimono-gakari (いきものがかり) is a Japanese pop rock band from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The group started in February 1999 with Hotaka Yamashita and Yoshiki Mizuno, and was joined by vocalistKiyoe Yoshioka in November of the same year.

1984  Cullen Jones, Olympic medalist competiti0n swimmer

1984  Adam Sinclair, Indian Hockey player

1984  Cam Ward, Canadian hockey player

1984  Darren Ambrose, English footballer

1984  Mark Foster, musician

1980  Peter Scanavino is an American actor who is known for his role in the American crime thriller series ‘Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’. He has been a regular on the series playing the character of ‘Det. Dominick Carisi, Jr.’ since the sixteenth season of the show in 2014. He made his debut back in 2005 with a role on the television show ‘Jonny Zero’ in the episode ‘No Good Deed’. A year later he made his debut in the film industry, appearing in the movie ‘Under Surveillance’ as the cult leader.

1980  Taylor Twellman, American soccer player

1980  Simon Gagne, Canadian Hockey player, NHL player (Philly Flyers) who has been an all-star

1980  Eric Benz - Actor, Germany

1980  Christopher Lane "Chris" Conley is an American musician, songwriter, and composer.

1976  Terrence Long, former Major League Baseball, left handed.

1976  Sugar Sammy - Canadian Comedian

1976 Ja Rule - American Rapper and Actor

1976  Bryan Gillooly, Auburn NY, diver (Olympics-96)

1976  David Kendall Sr. - Actor, USA

1972  Pedro Zamora, Cuban-born American AIDS activist (d. 1994)

1972  Saul Williams - Rap Poet, Actor, USA -

Member of the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies

1972  Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (d. 2002)

1972  Antonio Sabato, Jr. - Italian-born actor

1972  Mark Farraway, CFL offensive linebacker (Edmonton Eskimos)

1972  Chris Devine, Allentown Pa, diver (Olympics-96)

1972  Fabien Bownes, NFL wide receiver (Chicago Bears)

1972  Cyrus Beasley, Rowe NY, rower (Olympics-1996)

1968  Bryce Paup, American football player, NFL linebacker (Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills)

1968  Gonzalo Lira, Chilean-American novelist and filmmaker

1968  Leif-Martin Henriksen - The 3rd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1968  Naoko Iijima - Japanese actress

1968  Pete Fenson - American curler

1968  Gareth Farr - Composer and Percussionist, born in Wellington, New Zealand

1968  Cary Conklin - NFL quarterback (SF 49ers)

1968  Chucky Brown - NBA forward (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks)

1968  Suanne Braun, South African-born actress

1964  Jahred Shane - Afro-Brazilian rapper/singer of (həd) p.e.

1964  Mervyn arren - Five-time Grammy Award winner (as of 2004),

original member of the vocal group "Take 6"

1964  Henrik Sundstrom - Sweden, tennis star

1964  Antonella Ponziani - Actress, Director, Italy

1964  Carlous Palmer - Fashion Designer and Wardrobe Stylist, the first African American designer to showcase in Honolulu Fashion Week as well as the first graduate from Baltimore School for the Arts to study fashion design. 

1964  Olav Henriksen - The 2nd of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1964  Lyndon Byers, Canadian hockey player

1964  James Robert Bruce Ogilvy, the only son of Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy and the late Sir Angus Ogilvy. He is second cousin to Queen Elizabeth II.

1960  Julian Dashper - Auckland, New Zealand, d. 2009 He was regarded as one of New Zealands most well-known contemporary artists.

1960  Anthony Robbins - American Motivational Speaker

1960  Ian McKenzie Anderson, British musician and record producer

1960  Heidi Henriksen - The 1st of 3 siblings born on consecutive Leap Days.

1960  Dan Daoust - NHL center for Toronto Maple Leafs.

1960  Raenell Dawn - Founded Leap Year Babies Limited (in 1988) and merged with Peter Brouwer in 1997 to form the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies at leapyearday.com.

1960  Khaled Hadj Ibrahim, better known by his mononym Khaled, is an Algerian musician, singer and songwriter born in Oran, Algeria. He began recording in his early teens under the name Cheb Khaled, and has become the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. 

1956  Peter Brouwer  Founded Leap Year Babies Honor Society (in 1997) and combined efforts with Raenell Dawn to form the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies.

1956  J. Randy Taraborrelli, American celebritiy journalist

1956  Bob Speller, Canadian politician - his father-in-law is also a Leap Day Baby

1956  Neil Rosenthal (LDB # 57 in the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies) - Poet published by The National Library of Poetry.

1956  Mike Compton, American mandolinist and former member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band

1956  Jonathan Coleman, Anglo-Australian radio and television personality

1952  Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush - Born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She became America's first African-American weather anchor when Detroit, Michigan's WGPR-TV hit the airwaves in 1975; WGPR-TV was the nation's first black-owned and operated television station.

1952  Randy Jackson, rocker (Zebra - I Don't Know, I Don't Care)

1952  Tim[othy] Powers, US, sci-fi author (Epitaph in Rust, Night Moves)

1952  Raul Gonzalez, Mexican 50K speed walker (world record)

1952  Raisa Smetanina, USSR, cross country skier (Olympic-gold-1976, 80, 92)

1952  Bart Stupak, American polotician (Rep-D-Michigan)

1948  Gérard Darmon is a French actor and singer. He is the second husband of Mathilda May. He has three children: Virginie and the last two by Mathilda May, daughter Sarah and son Jules. Darmon also did a cover of "Mambo Italiano". Darmon is of Algerian-Jewish origin.

1948  Nikolai Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)

1948  Patricia [Anne] McKillip, US, sci-fi author (Fool's Run)

1948  Yuri Pimenov, USSR, coxless pair rowers (Olympic-silver-1976)

1948  Willi Smith - Fashion designer.

1944  David Briggs, record producer

1944  Ene Ergma, Estonian polotician

1944  Dennis Farina, USA, Actor (d. 2013)

1944  Phyllis Frelich - deaf American actress, Member of National Theatre of the Deaf, 

Devil's Lake ND, (Love is Never Silent)

1944  Sharon Hugueny - Actress

1944  John Niland - NFL guard for Dallas Cowboys.

1944  Paolo Eleuteri Serpieri, Italian illustrator

1940  Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople

1940  Gretchen Christopher -  Multi-Million-Seller Gold Record Artist, BMI “Million Airs” Songwriter (nearly 3 million US Radio broadcasts of #1 Hit “Come Softly To Me”),  Female Lead Vocalist/Arranger, Dancer/Choreographer and Founder of “The Fleetwoods", first group in the history of Rock & Roll to have multiple #1 Records top The Billboard Hot 100 in a single year (1959). Inducted into (4) Halls of Fame (1988-2008). Leap Year Autobiographical Solo CD, Gretchen’s SWEET SIXTEEN (Suite 16) is a Billboard Critics’ Pick for 10 Best Albums of 2007, including “Sweet Sixteen” (Leap Year Love Song); hear sound clips and order autographed CDs at www.GoldCupMusic.com.

1940  Billy Turner - Thoroughbred horse trainer, "Seattle Slew".

1940  Sanda Aronson - New York, USA - started the Disabled Artists' Network in April, 1985 -
Sanda Aronson is sui generis as an artist in that she is both a romantic (she generates the astonishment evoked by the great collagists who marry the disparate to create a new language) and a fiercely political artist/activist.  She is fluent in many mediums but her underlying message is love of beauty and love of humanity. www.artistlightbox.com/sandaaronson .

1936  Erik Häkkinen - Producer, Director, Writer, Editor, Actor, Cinematographer

1936  Alwin Schockemohle, Germany, equestrian jumper (Olympic-gold-1976)

1936  Alex Rocco, American Actor

1936  Jack Lousma - Astronaut; was a crew member of the Skylab 3 flight in 1973

and Columbia Space Shuttle in 1982.

1936 Henri "The Pocket Rocket" Richard - NHL Hall of Fame Center, Montreal Canadians.

1936  Sharon Webb - Science Fiction Novelist (Earthchild)

1932  Mary Ann Brown - In 1988 she got the governors of the states of Texas and New Mexico to proclaim Anthony TX/NM the Leap Year Capital of the World. The first Leap Year Festival started in 1988. The last one was last Leap Year.

1932  Newel Kay Brown - Wrote the children's song, "I Hope They Call Me On A Mission," which every child in the world-wide Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called Mormon) has sung since 1970.

1932  Jaguar, Brazilian cartoonist

1932  Gavin Stevens, cricket (Australian bat on 59-60 India/Pakistan tour)

1932  Masten Gregory, American F1 Driver​

1932  Gene Golub, American mathematician (d. 2007)

1928  Joss Ackland - British actor

1928  Alan Loveday, British(?) violinist

1928  McHenry Boatwright - Opera Singer, American baritone.

1928  Tempest Storm (born Annie Blanche Banks), American actress and star of burlesque. She took the name Tempest Storm as her stage name around 1950, legally changing her name in 1957.

1924  William D. Hathaway - U.S. Senator (R) from Maine (1973-1979).

1924  Otto Hutter, Physiologist

1924  Carlos Humberto Romero, President of El Salvador

1924  David Beattie, British governor-general of NZ

1924  Al Rosen - Ballplayer, slugging Cleveland 3rd baseman.

1920  Michèle Morgan was a French film actress, who was a leading lady for three decades in both French cinema and Hollywood features. She is considered to have been one of the great French actresses of the twentieth century. Morgan was the inaugural winner of the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival.

1920  Kosti Klemela - Finland - Actor

1920  Don Ornitz - Photographer and Miscellaneous Crew

1920  Alberto Ribeiro - Portugal - Composer, Actor, Miscellaneous Crew, Producer, Director

1920  Arthur Franz, USA, Actor, (That Champion Season, Invaders From Mars, Young Lions) 

1920  Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72)

1920  James Mitchell, USA, Actor (Palmer-All My Children)

1920  Howard Nemerov, American poet (d. 1991)

1916  Leonard S. Shoen - Entrepreneur, founded U-Haul Rental System.

1916  Dinah Shore (Frances Rose Shore) - USA, Actress, Singer, Talk Show Host.

Some sources list her birth date as March 1, 1917.

1912  Gaetano Amata - Italy - Film Writer, Director, Assistant Director, Production Manager, Producer

1912  Mary McAdoo - USA, She was named the "Most Outstanding Female Personality"

by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1955.

1908  Alf Gover, English cricketer (bowled in 4 Tests for England/famous coach) (d. 2001)

1908  Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski) - French-Polish painter, considered one of the 20th

century's greatest realist painters. (d. 2001)

1908  Masahiro Makino - Japan - Film director

1908  Bernard C. Boyd - Glassmaker and Chemist. Founded Boyd Glass with his son.

1908  Dee Alexander Brown II - He became known to the larger public as a novelist and historian. His great novel "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" is still perhaps the best historical portrayal of the violent relationship between Native Americans and the expansionist Americans with their roots in the Old World.

1908  Edward B. Taylor - Photographer - documented Dayton, Ohio's African American culture in photographs for nearly 40 years. He was Dayton's first Black commercial photographer.

1908  Renee Evans - Film actress and Mother of stage actress 'Diane Alban'

1904  Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr., Germany; had a Christian name for every letter in the alphabet, shortened it to Mr Wolfe Plus 585 Sr. The world's longest name officially used by a person.

1904  John "Pepper" Martin - Feisty 3rd baseman for St. Louis 'Gashouse Gang'.(NL stolen base leader 1933, 34, 36) (d. 1965

1904  Alan Richardson, composer

1904  Rukmini Devi Arundale, Indian dancer and founder of Kalakshetra (d. 1986)

1904  Jimmy Dorsey (James Francis Dorsey) - Legendary saxophonist, conductor, songwriter and composer. He formed an orchestra with his brother, Tommy Dorsey, lasting from 1933 to 1935, and then led his own orchestra, rejoining Tommy's orchestra in 1953 and taking over the orchestra at Tommy's death. (d. 1957)

Because 1900 was not a Leap Year those born in LY1896 could not celebrate their birthday on their birth date until LY1904 when they turned [email protected]!

1896  Ranchhodji Mararji Desai - 6th Prime Minister of India from March 24, 1977 to July 15 1979. At 83, he was the oldest Prime Minister of India. (d. 1995)

1896   Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer

1896  Omer C F L Tulippe, Belgian geographer

1896  Stanley Swash, CEO (Woolworths)

1896  William A. Wellman - American Film Director, (first picture to win an Oscar (1928) "WINGS") (d. 1975)

1896  Archie Ricks - Actor, Second Unit Director or Assistant Director, Director

1892  Augusta Christine Savage - Augusta Christine Fells - American sculptor and educator who battled racism to secure a place for African American women in the art world. She became the first Black member of the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptures in 1934.

1888  John Costigan, American regionalist printmaker, and a cousin of the noted American showman, George M. Cohan, whose parents brought the young Costigan to New York City and were instrumental in starting him on a career in the visual arts.

Leap Year Day Babies born in 1884 had no birthday during their entire teen-age years. Why? Because 1900 was not a Leap Year. In 1888 they were [email protected] In 1892 they [email protected] In 1896 they were [email protected] However, since 1900 was not a Leap Year, they had to wait 8 years before they could celebrate again on February 29.

Making that the only time a Leap Day baby turned [email protected] instead of [email protected] And  [email protected]  instead of [email protected] Because of that, not one single teenage year was celebrated ON their birth date

1884  Alfred Sendrey, composer

1876  John Harwood - UK, Actor


1864  Jan Svatopluk - Czech poet

1864  Albert Patry - Elbing, East Prussia, Germany [now Elblag, Poland], Actor

1864  Alice Davenport - USA, silent screen comedic actress


1860  Herman Hollerith - American statistician. Inventor of the 1st Electric Tabulating Machine. (d. 1929)


1856  Sedley Brown - Twin brother of J. Edwin Brown, American playwright, author, stage director, actor

1856  J. Edwin Brown - Twin brother of Sedley Brown, USA, Actor


1852  Frank Gavan Duffy, Australian judge (d. 1936)


1844  French Ensor Chadwick - Naval officer at battle of Santiago de Cuba.


1828  Antonio Guzman Blanco, president Venezuela

1828  John Phillip Holland, Ireland - Designed and built the first submarine for U.S. Navy (d.1914) Some lists show him born February 29 in 1828, others in 1840.


1820  Adolf Schimon, composer


1812  Hermann Hirschboch, German composer

1808  Charles Pritchard - British Astronomer

People born in LY1796 had to celebrate their first birthday ON their birth date in 1804 because 1800 was not a Leap Year. Therefore they were [email protected] instead of [email protected]

1796  [Lambert] Adolphe J Quetelet, Belgian Astronomer / Meteorology.

1792  Karl Baer - Embryologist, found mammals develop from eggs

1792  Gioacchino Rossini - Italian composer (The Barber of Seville, William Tell) (d.1868).

1792  Karl Ernst von Baler, Russia, Naturalist (discovered human ovum)


1784  Franz KL von Klenze, German architect (Hermitage, St-Petersburg)


1756  Christian F. Hansen - Danish architect


1736  Ann Lee, Shaker movement, Manchester England, Founded the Shaker movement and brought it to America in 1776. (d. 1784)

1728  Robert Bage, English writer (Criticism by Peter Faulkner)

1712  General Montcalm - Hero of the French & Indian war


1696  Esprit Joseph Antoine Blanchard, composer

1692  John Byrom, English poet, hymnist, and inventor of a system of shorthand. (d. 1763)

1692  Edward Cave, England, printer (Gentlemen's Magazine)

1468  Pope Paul III last Renaissance pope (1534-1549)


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