Marian Bassett was born on Leap Day in 1924. However, to look at the McDonough woman’s birth certificate and official identification, no one would ever know that was true.
Today, Bassett celebrates her 21st birthday. However, due to the direction of the doctor that delivered her 84 years ago, Feb. 29 could not be listed as her official date of birth. “I was born on Feb. 29, 1924,” Bassett said. “The doctor told my mother it was after midnight, but they had to pick either Feb. 28 or March 1 for my birthday, or I would only have one every four years,” Bassett explained. Her parents chose Feb. 28, and every year since then, Bassett has been celebrating her birthday a day early.
Although Bassett knew she was officially born on the 29th, she said she never really gave it much thought. She explained that while it has been an ongoing joke for one family member who calls every leap year to tell Marian her “official” age, she hasn’t otherwise given it much thought. This year, Marian will be celebrating on Feb. 29, but plans to keep the event pretty low key, spending the day with family and loved ones.