2012 is an ‘oh damn we live on a planet that is a quarter of a day too slow to orbit the sun for our liking’ year. Here at Top 5, we decided to celebrate our quirky calendar by honouring some notable people who were born on the 29th of February.
5. The Keoghs (1940, 1964, 1996)
Three successive generations of the same family were born on this unusual day, thus earning themselves a place in the record books.
4. Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft Sr. (born 1904)
Guess what Mr Wolfe was famous for? Not only did he have a Christian name for each consecutive letter in the alphabet, his name is also still the longest on record.
3. Tempest Storm (born 1928 as Annie Blanche Blanks)
Legendary burlesque performer who almost started a riot simply by removing her mink coat. A natural redhead, purportedly her breasts were insured in the 1950’s for $1,000,000. Although she officially retired in 1995, she has performed since for special occasions.
2. Leif-Martin Henriksen (born 1968)
The 3rd of 3 siblings all born on consecutive leap years. Mr and Mrs Henriksen should take the credit for this one really!
1. Giachino Rossini (1792)
‘The Italian Mozart’, Rossini is most famed for his operas, of which he wrote 39. His most famous works include ‘The Barber of Seville’, a prequel to Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’ which was written 30 years previously. Go figure(-o). Even those of us who are not opera buffs will recognise the infamous overture to ‘William Tell’, altogether now: “Da da dum da da dum da da dum dum dum. Da da dum da da dum da da dum dum dum…”