Imagine waiting four years for your next birthday. That's the reality for people with a Leap Day birthday. Sure, they can celebrate on February 28 or March 1, but it's not really the same. These types of birthdays are pretty rare, but a few notable Canadians were born on February 29.
According to a Facebook post from Statistics Canada, there are only about 25,000 people in the country who celebrate their birthday on Leap Day. That's only about 0.06% of the population.
Some of the most prominent Canadians born on February 29 happen to be hockey players.
Henri Richard, the younger brother of Maurice "The Rocket" Richard, was born on a Leap Day in 1936. Known as "The Pocket Rocket," Henri holds a record of 11 Stanley Cup wins during his career.
Other famous Canadian hockey players born on February 29 include Stanley Cup and Olympic gold medal winner Simon Gagné, and goaltender Cam Ward, who was the first rookie starting goaltender since Patrick Roy to win an NHL championship.
Former UFC fighter Patrick Côté was also born on a leap year. Born in 1980, he has the option to say he's either 40 or 10.
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Another famous figure with a Canadian connection also has a Leap Day birthday: Superman. Created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster, the famous superhero's birthday in the comics is February 29.
This small bit of information was first revealed in a letter column in World's Finest Comics #164 in 1966. Apparently Superman's birthday is on a day of the Kryptonian calendar that coincides with February 29.
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A couple of major Canadian milestones also occurred on this date. Gordie Howe, one of the most famous hockey players of all time, scored his 800th career goal on Leap Day in 1980.
Pierre Trudeau, the father of Canada's current Prime Minister, resigned from the Liberal Party on Leap Day in 1984.
And I can only celebrate every fourth leap year! #cdnpoli https://t.co/VxSYOKQEKF— Svend Robinson (@Svend Robinson)1582967377.0
Svend Robinson, another Canadian politician, also made history on February 29. He publicly came out during a 1988 interview with CBC's Barbara Frum, making him Canada's first openly gay Member of Parliament.
It may only come around every four years, but Leap Day carries plenty of significance in regard to Canadian history.