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Leap day babies get rare chance to celebrate

PULLMAN – A student has such a unique birthday, that the odds of being born on that day are one in 1,461.

Katelynn Towry, a sophomore at Washington State University, is “turning five” this month. Her birthday is on February 29, which, due to leap year, only happens once every four years.

For those unfamiliar with the science of leap year, a whole day is added to the traditional 365-day calendar every four years to ensure that the sun and the earth are aligned properly.

While Katelynn is actually celebrating her 20th birthday, she has technically only had five. For Towry, it was a hard concept to grasp as a child.

“My parents did a really good job. Like I celebrated it (my birthday) every year. It didn’t matter what day it was,” Katelynn said.

Since she get a rare birthday on the calendar in 2020, Towry said she plans to go home for a nice dinner with her parents.

The next time that we will be able to celebrate 366 days in a will be the year 2024.


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