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    Happy Leap Year!

    Happy Leap Year everyone!
    http://www.timeanddate.com/date/leapyear.html
    Also..
    What Happened on February 29th .......

    1288 - Scotland established this day as one when a woman could
    propose marriage to a man! If he refused, he was required to pay a fine.

    1704 - The town of Deerfield, MA was raided on this date by French
    Canadians and Indians who were trying to retrieve their church bell that
    had been shipped from France. The bell was to hang in the Canadian
    Indian's village church. Neither the raiders nor the residents of Deerfield
    were aware that the bell had been stolen from the ship. The Deerfield
    folks had purchased the bell from a privateer, unaware that it belonged to
    the Indian congregation. Although 47 people were killed in the incident,
    we could say that the 120 captured were saved by the bell.

    1860 - The first electric tabulating machine -- the forerunner of the
    calculator -- was invented by Herman Hollerith. We think it was
    unfortunate that Mr. Hollerith chose to make his invention on Leap Day,
    causing the machine to only calculate numbers divisible by four.

    1904 - On this day in Washington, DC, a seven-man commission was
    created to hasten the construction of the Panama Canal. Work began
    May 4th. It's always hard to get something going by committee; so we
    guess that's why it took seven men two months to get the work going.

    1920 - Dateline -- Budapest, Hungary: Miklos Horthy de Nagybanya
    became the Regent of Hungary just six months after leading a
    counterrevolution. He probably gained control because everyone else
    was distracted while trying to pronounce his name.

    1932 - Bing Crosby and the Mills Brothers teamed up to record "Shine"
    for Brunswick Records.

    1936 - Fanny Brice brought her little girl character "Baby Snooks" to
    radio on "The Ziegfeld Follies of the Air" on CBS Radio. Miss Brice
    presented the character and later sang "My Man" on the program. She
    was 44 at the time, and was known as America's "Funny Girl" long
    before Barbra Streisand brought her even greater fame and notoriety
    nearly 30 years later.

    1940 - Hattie McDaniel was the first black person to win an Oscar. She
    won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mammy in "Gone
    with the Wind". GWTW also won Best Picture, Best Actress for Vivien
    Leigh's performance and Best Director for Victor Fleming, Best
    Screenplay for Sidney Howard's writing plus awards for Color
    Cinematography, Interior Decoration and Film Editing. Other Oscar
    winners on this night were Best Actor, Robert Dunat in "Goodbye, Mr.
    Chips", and Best Supporting Actor, Thomas Mitchell in "Stagecoach".

    1944 - The invasion of the Admiralty Islands began on this date as U.S.
    General Douglas MacArthur led his forces in "Operation Brewer".
    Troops surged onto Los Negros, following a month of Allied advances in
    the Pacific.

    1944 - The first woman appointed secretary of a national political party
    was named to the Democratic National Committee. Dorothy McElroy
    Vredenburgh of Alabama began her new appointment this day. 1944 -
    The Office of Defense Transportation, for the second year, restricted
    attendance at the Kentucky Derby to residents of the Louisville area to
    prevent a railroad traffic burden during wartime. We imagine that horses
    were allowed in from elsewhere, though...

    1952 - New York City pedestrians were told when to walk and when
    not to as four signs were installed at 44th Street and Broadway in Times
    Square. Each sign flashed "Walk" for 22 seconds, then "Don't Walk" for
    ten seconds before the "Don't Walk" turned red for 58 seconds more.
    We're told that eight out of ten people obeyed the signs ... not bad for
    New Yorkers who will walk right through one door of a car and out the
    other to get across the street quickly.

    1960 - A report from the White House stated that America's kids were
    getting too fat! I'll have a cheeseburger, fries and a shake.

    1964 - Dawn Fraser got her 36th world record this day. The Australian
    swimmer was timed at 58.9 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle in
    Sydney, Australia.

    1964 - The United States was in the grip of Beatlemania! "I Want to
    Hold Your Hand", by the lads from Liverpool, was in its 5th week at #1
    on the pop charts. It stayed there until March 21, when it was replaced
    by "She Loves You", which was replaced by "Can't Buy Me Love",
    which was finally replaced by "Hello Dolly", by Louis Armstrong, on May
    9, 1964. 14 straight weeks of #1 stuff by the Beatles! Yeah, yeah, yeah...

    1964 - Hang on to your racquets on this one, sports fans: A shuttlecock
    drive record was set by Frank Rugani this day. Mr. Rugani slammed the
    birdie 79-feet, 8-1/2 inches in a test at San Jose, CA. A giant leap for
    badminton. A little leap for all mankind.

    1972 - The U.S. Justice Department had recently settled an antitrust
    lawsuit in favor of International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation.
    On this date, newspaper columnist, Jack Anderson revealed a memo
    written by ITT's Washington lobbyist, Dita Beard, that connected ITT's
    funding of part of the Republican National Convention with the resulting
    lawsuit settlement.

    1972 - Swimmer Mark Spitz was named the 1971 James E. Sullivan
    Memorial Trophy winner as the top amateur athlete in America.

    1972 - Karen and Richard Carpenter of Downey, CA, received a gold
    record for the hit single "Hurting Each Other". When they tore the golden
    platter from its protective frame and plunked it on the player, they heard,
    "Hurt So Bad", by Little Anthony and the Imperials. They were so upset
    by this that they ran out to the back yard and used the record as a
    Frisbee for the rest of the day. (Some of the preceding is based upon
    actual fact.)

    1988 - "Day by Day", a situation comedy, premiered on this date on
    NBC-TV. It was one of the "yuppie sitcoms" that were all over the TV
    dial in the late '80s. This particular one was about a suburban
    overachieving couple who dropped out and opened up a day-care center
    in their home to spend more quality time with their children. The quality
    time lasted just under five months.

    1992 - Mr. Big hit it big this day, moving to #1 with, "To Be with You".
    It would be the biggest hit in the U.S. for three big weeks.

    We now return to SpeedGuide.net already in progress...
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    "2008 - User Shinobi posts a Happy Leap Year thread on Speedguide.net....soon there after the site crashes and servers catch on fire which spreads through half of Florida in a matter of hours."


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sava700 View Post
    "2007"



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    Quote Originally Posted by monkeyhead View Post
    my bad.. I'm still half awake

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    While Sava700 posts half-asleep and posts "2007" instead of "2008", computers around the world get confused by the web spiders data mining, and It's "W2K" all over again.. *insert "movie guy" announcer's voice*: 'This time.. it for real'
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    Happy Leap Year

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    First date with my wife was 12 years ago today, on leap year Feb. 29...96'

    Went to a local Tex/Mex dive, ordered some Fajitas.....

    History repeats itself as I bought us a couple of McSkillet burritos this morning for breakfeast.
    "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer."

    Bruce Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinobi View Post
    While Sava700 posts half-asleep and posts "2007" instead of "2008", computers around the world get confused by the web spiders data mining, and It's "W2K" all over again.. *insert "movie guy" announcer's voice*: 'This time.. it for real'

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    Its Leap Day People born on this day are called Leapies. There is also a drink for today.

    Leap Day Cocktail

    2 ounces gin

    1/2 ounce Grand Marnier

    1/2 ounce sweet vermouth

    1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

    1 lemon twist, for garnish

    DIRECTIONS:

    Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add the garnish.

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    And yes they have a web page http://www.leapyearday.com/

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