A Day for Leaping to…Trivia

Tomorrow is a day associated with trivia, this being a leap year, so today’s blog  is also associated with trivia…that doesn’t make it a trivial blog. Does it?

February 29, of course, only comes as often as presidential elections (and in the same years).

Having said that, there’s nothing trivial about the Leap Day Sale at Princess Cruises. How good does a free day in Alaska sound, on a cruisetour? Of course, you have to “buy” the other days to get the free one, but having been on a Princess cruisetour to Alaska, our opinion is that it’s the best way to enjoy the 49th state.

Now, about the trivia.

On this most unusual of days, an American president (Eisenhower) announced he was running for re-election and a Canadian prime minister (Trudeau) announced he was not. Celebrating birthdays once every four years were bandleader Jimmy Dorsey, entertainer Dinah Shore, hockey players Henri Richard and Simon Gagne and spiritual leader Pope Paul III, who would have been 136 tomorrow, in leap years.

Desmond Tutu was arrested on February 29, and the cartoon Family Circus was born. Hockey’s Gordie Howe scored his then unheard-of 800th goal, and Hattie McDaniel became the first black person to win an Academy Award, for Gone With the Wind.

Queen Victoria (not the one the Cunard ship was named after) asked Prince Albert to marry her because, in those days, February 29 was the only day on which women were allowed to propose to men. In Finland, if the man refused he had to buy her some fabrics for a skirt, and in Denmark the same refusal meant buying the non-bethrothed 12 pairs of gloves…

Had enough?

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