Due on Feb. 24, London Ella Hormez, decided to wait five more days to hop into this world and become first Leap Day baby for 2012.
"My mom told me she had a feeling London would be born today," said Jessica Hormez of Pleasant Ridge, who gave birth at 3:24 a.m. to the 6 pound 14 ounce baby girl.
Big brother Sabastian, 7, describes London as "very nice."
"He is the reason she is here," Hormez said. "He wanted a brother or sister."
"I won't be bored anymore," Sabastian said.
Hormez said once she went past her due date, she started getting excited about the possibility of delivering on Leap Day.
"I started looking it up on the Internet. I found out the odds of giving birth on Feb. 29 are 1 in 1,500," she said. "I also learned that you are supposed to celebrate birthdays on March 1."
On London's 16th birthday she can expect to get a driver's license on Feb. 29, but to celebrate her 21st birthday with a drink will depend how local laws count time. Hormez said she will probably go with March 1 for birthday celebrations.
Hormez knows a thing or two about being born on a special day on the calendar – Hormez was born on New Year's Day.
Fun Leap Year facts
- Every four years, we add an extra day to the calendar to keep it in sync with the earth’s revolutions around the sun. It takes 365.242199 days for the earth to complete a full rotation around the sun. Our calendar, however, marks out a mere 365 days a year.
- Julius Caesar introduced Leap Years around 45 BCE.
- Feb. 29 is traditionally a day where women are “permitted” to romantically pursue men. The tradition dates back to 5th century Ireland when St. Bridget lamented to St. Patrick about the "fair sex having to wait for men to propose." As a result, Patrick relented and declared that February 29 is the day that would be set aside when women can ask men for their hand in marriage.
- On Feb. 29 in the year 1860, Herman Hollerith invented the first electric tabulating machine, the forerunner to the calculator.
- On Feb. 29, 1940, Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Oscar. McDaniel won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.
- The chances of being born on a Leap Year are 1 in 1,461.
Famous Leap Year births
- 1792: Italian opera composer Gioacchino Rossini
- 1916: Singer Dinah Shore
- 1920: Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Howard Nemerov
- 1924: Cleveland Indians third baseman Al Rosen
- 1976: Rapper Ja Rule
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