Frank King writes “You will, off course, instantly appreciate why I am sending Leap-Year-Day Greetings today, 24 February.”
Readers who need their memories refreshed are referred to the following extract from Frank’s article entitled “Mind the Gap…” in the December 2011 Bulletin.
When is Leap-Year Day?
Sometime after the Paternoster Square noon mark was completed, I received an unexpected e-mail suggesting that 29 February was the wrong date to choose for the thin strip and that the correct date of the intercalary day is 24 February. To quote from the message:
As far as I know nobody, at least in this country, has formally moved it from day 55 in the year (starting January 1st). In any case, who would have authority to do so?
This message could not be lightly dismissed. It was from John Chambers, former Head of the UK Time Service at the National Physical Laboratory, whose responsibilities included overseeing the broadcast of the Greenwich Time Signal. Some explanation is necessary!