Today is 29th February, which only occurs every four years...

Today is 29th February, which only occurs every four years, in a Leap Year.

These images from the 17th Century in the Early English Books Online database, are available from the State Library of NSW’s EResources.

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In that time, Leap year was referred to as the Bissextile

“Relating to a leap year , when a day is added to February . The Romans added a day after 24 February every fourth year, and called it dies bissextus , ‘twice sixth day’, referring to the (repeated) sixth day before the calends of 1 march ….”

From Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable

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