Why do we have to endure an extra day in February every four years? Wouldn’t it be better if we got, oh, let’s say, a July 32nd instead? All in favour, raise your hands.
Because a leap year day shows up only 25 times a century, that leaves just 25 times for there to be some kind of music history to be made on this day. Here are a few.
1960: The first Playboy Club opened in Chicago.
1968: The Beatles won album of the year, best artwork, and best-recorded album for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band at the Grammys.
1972: John Lennon’s immigration visa expired. He spent the next three-and-a-half-years fighting deportation.
1976: Jay Rule was born.
1976: ABC broadcast the movie The Sound of Music for the first time. It was released in 1965.
1977: There was a fight between members of the metropolitan police boxing team and two members of Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. The Skynyrd guys were knocked out cold.
1980: The glasses that Buddy Holly was wearing when he died in that plane crash in 1959 were found in a police file in Mason, Iowa. They also found The Big Bopper’s wristwatch.
1992: U2 started the North American leg of their Zoo TV Tour in Lakeland, Florida.
2000: Eric Clapton lost his license for six months for going 45 mph in a 30mph zone in Surrey, UK. (Harsh!) He was also fine $570.
2000: Social Distortion guitarist Dennis Danell died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 38.
2000: The city of Autlan de Navarro in Mexico announced plans to build a monument dedicated to Carlos Santana.
2012: Davy Jones, the lead singer of The Monkees died at 66 of a massive heart attack in his sleep.