(WKBW release) Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital introduced its first “Leap Year” baby on Wednesday.
According to a news release, Cooper Matthew Francis was born at 5:15 a.m., weighing eight pounds and six ounces (8lbs; 6 oz). He is 21¼ inches long. The proud parents, Jill Hann and Matthew Francis, are from Perry, New York.
February 29th, known as a Leap Day in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are evenly divisible by four, such as 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016. Traditionally, February has 28 days; in leap years there are 29 days.
For babies like Cooper, having a February 29 birthday means they only celebrate their actual birthday once every four years. According to published reports, your chances of being born on Leap Day are about 1 in 1,500. If you are born on a Leap Day, most states – for driver’s license purposes - consider March 1st the official day.
There are about 187,000 people in the United States and 4 million people in the world who were born on Leap Day.