February 29

February 29 Information from the Holidays and Observances Website

 Holidays and Observances
(Alphabetical Order)

2020 Daily Holidays that fall on February 29, include:

  • Bachelor's Day - (Every 4 Years - 2016, 2020, 2024 etc)
  • International Sword Swallowers Day - February 29, 2020 (last Saturday of February)
  • International Tongue Twister Day - February 29, 2020
  • International Underlings Day - (Every 4 Years - 2016, 2020, 2024 etc)
  • Leap Year Day 
  • Open that Bottle Night - February 29, 2020 (last Saturday of February)
  • Rare Disease Day - February 29, 2020 (Last Day of February)
  • Superman's Birthday 
  • Surf and Turf Day 
  • Yellowstone Park Day 

2020 Weekly Holidays that include February 29, are:

  • Bird Health Awareness Week - February 23-29, 2020
  • Girl Scout Cookie Weekend - February 28-29, 2020
  • Jewish Book Week - February 29 - March 8, 2020
  • Lent - February 26 - April 9, 2020
  • Make Mine Chocolate - (Campaign kicks off annually on Feb 15, and ends on Easter which is April 12, 2020)
  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week - February 23-29, 2020
  • National Green Week - February 2 - April 30, 2020
  • National Invasive Species Awareness Week - February 23-29, 2020
  • National Justice for Animals Week - February 23 - March 1, 2020
  • US Snow Shoe Day - February 28 - March 1, 2020

There are too many monthly holidays to include here, so please check out my February Holidays page to see all of the holidays that are celebrated the entire month of February.

NOTE: A page on each holiday will be coming soon and linked above.

February 29 Leap Day

World Festivals and Events
(Date Order)

  • Hong Kong Arts Festival - February 13, 2020 - March 14, 2020 features Art, Theatre, Dance, Opera, and Music events.
  • Cricket World Cup - February 13 - March 29, 2020

Astrological Sign

The Astrological Sign for February 29 is Pisces.

Birth Flower of the Month

The Birth Flower(s) for the Month for February are:

  • Violet - symbolizes faithfulness, loyalty, humility, wisdom, and hope
  • Primrose - Modesty, distinction, and virtue


The Birthstone for February is Amethyst.

Famous Birthdays

I guess this would be one way to stay young....just have a birthday every 4 years!! People born on February 29, are often called leap year babies or a leapling. Some people choose to celebrate their birthdays on February 28, or March 1 in non-leap years.

Some Counties have specific rules to establish the date, like the U.S. will recognize February 28 as the birthday when turning 21 if it is a non-leap year. Other countries like England and Hong Kong recognize March 1 as the non-leap year birthday.

Here are some famous February 29 Birthdays:

  • 1736 – Ann Lee, American founder of Shakers (d. 1784)
  • 1812 – Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (d. 1880)
  • 1904 – Jimmy Dorsey, American bandleader (d. 1957)
  • 1916 – Dinah Shore, American singer and actress (d. 1994)

Famous Deaths

  • 1880 – Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812) - He is the only person known to have been born and died on February 29!
  • 2012 – Davy Jones, English singer, songwriter and actor (The Monkees) (b. 1945)

Famous Weddings and Divorces

  • In Greece, it is considered unlucky to marry on Leap Day
  • 2012 - Actor Dick Van Dyke (86) weds make-up artist Arlene Silver (40) in Malibu

Quote of the Day

Don't let Yesterday use up too much of Today!

Don't let Yesterday use up too much of Today!

Don't live in the past - enjoy the present!

Recipe of the Day or a
Healthy Diet Habit Tip of the Day

Coming Soon!

This Day in History

  • 1796 - Ten years of peaceful trade due to the Jay Treaty between the United States and Great Britain.
  • 1892 - St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated
  • 1916 - The United Kingdom annexes Tokelau
  • 1916 - South Carolina raises the minimum working age from twelve to fourteen years old for factory, mill, and mine workers
  • 1940 - Hattie McDaniel becomes the first African American to win an Academy Award for her performance as Mammy in Gone With The Wind
  • 1960 - 12,000 dead and 12,000 injured when the 5.7 Mw Agadir earthquake hits coastal Morocco
  • 1972 - South Korea withdraws 11,000 of its 48,000 troops from Vietnam
  • 1996 - 123 passengers and crew perish when Faucett Flight 251 crashes in the Andes
  • 2008 - Price Harry is removed from his tour of Afghanistan after the foreign media leaked his deployment
  • 2012 - Tokyo Skytree construction is finished making it the tallest tower in the world

This Day in Music

1968 - Aretha Franklin wins the first ever Best Female R & B Vocal performance category for her song "Respect"

1992 - U2 premieres their Zoo TV tour in Lakeland, Florida

(above) U2 - Running to Stand Still - Where the Streets Have No Name - Zoo TV Sydney, Australia

This Day in Sports

  • 1972 - Hank Aaron becomes the first player to earn $200,000 average annual salary when he signs a 3 year deal with the Atlanta Braves
  • 1980 - Gordie Howe of the Hartford Whalers scores his 800th goal

Word of the Day from Wiktionary


1. Disappearing, vanishing.
2. Barely there; almos imperceptible.
3. Ephemeral, fleeting, momentary (botany) Of plant parts: shed after a period.

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