Today in History: Leap Day Edition


Happy (cold and wet) Leap Day, DC! According to Wikipedia, the following things occurred on this, the most holy of days that falls on years that are evenly divisible by four:

-1504: – Christopher Columbus uses his knowledge of a lunar eclipse at night to convince Native Americans to provide him with supplies.
-1916: – In South Carolina, the minimum working age of child labor for factory, mill, and mine workers is raised from 12 to 14 years old.
-1932: Time magazine features eccentric American politician William “Alfalfa” Murray on its cover after Murray stated his intention to run for President of the United States.
-1976: Ja Rule was born.
-1988: Svend Robinson becomes the first member of the Canadian House of Commons to come out as gay.

To Do: Too excited to blink today? Check out NPR‘s hour-by-hour guide to how to spend your Leap Day.

Holy Moly Father: Eesh.

Kevin Costner to Croon at the Strathmore: Can’t make this stuff up.

Abortion Ultrasound: The Virginia Senate passed a controversial bill requiring all women who want to have an abortion in the state to first have an ultrasound. According to WAMU, “Senate Republicans, and the one Democrat needed for a majority, voted to reject amendments that would have required insurance or the state to pay for the procedure.”

Our thoughts on a bunch of late middle-age Republicans imposing a women’s health law are best expressed in the following video from Funny or Die.