Leap Day brings a rare birthday for someFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Most people have to wait 365 days to celebrate their birthdays, but some have to wait four years. Today, February 29th, 2012 is Leap Day. For two special people in Fargo, it's time to put on the party hats.
Most people have to wait 365 days to celebrate their birthdays, but some have to wait four years. Today, February 29th, 2012 is Leap Day. For two special people in Fargo, it's time to put on the party hats.
Meet Tyree Ziegler.
Amber Ziegler - Mother: "He's Mommy's little boy."
At 6 pounds, 13 Ounces, he's the apple of his mother's eyes.
Amber Ziegler: "He's gorgeous."
He came into this world at 4:04 this morning on Leap Day.
Amber Ziegler: "I kept telling everybody no leap year and it happened."
Here's why we have an extra day in February every four years. It actually takes the earth about 365 and a quarter days to circle the sun. That extra quarter adds up so an extra day was added to balance out the calendar year."
Annette Shotwell was born 56 years ago today in 1956, but she's only 14 years old.
Annette Shotwell – Born on Leap Year: "Fortunately, I remember a story my mother told me that when I was due and she knew she had to go to the hospital. She had my father drive around the block of the hospital because she just didn't want me born on a leap year. I think she felt I would feel bad not having a birthday every year."
About one in every 1,500 people is born on leap day.
Annette Shotwell: "I've gotten a lot of Barbie dolls."
For Annette, it's birthday that stands out from the rest.
Annette Shotwell: "People think you might feel cheated, but I never did I thought it was kind of special."
A few fun facts about leap year: the Egyptians were the first people to recognize leap year, and in Ireland, February 29th is the one day when a woman can ask a man to marry.