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BC 45--The leap year begins when Julius Caesar adds an extra day to the Julian calendar every fourth year upon the advice of astronomer, Sosigenes. Other possible beginnings of leap year are: in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered every fourth year to be a leap year (leap year brought the Gregorian calendar closer to the Earth's orbital period of 365.2422 days) unless it is a century year that cannot be divisible by 400; in 1698, Protestant rulers of Germany and the Netherlands thought it was time they agreed with the Pope; in 1752, the English made the calendar change; and in 1918, when the Russians picked up on the Gregorian calendar. Regardless, it is called leap year because it is not a common year. A common year consists of exactly 52 weeks plus one day, while a leap year consists of exactly 52 weeks plus two days.

John and Yoko during John's long legal battle to stay in the USA1960--The first Playboy Club, featuring the infamous Playboy Bunnies, opens in Chicago, Ilinois.

1968--Yoko Ono records AOS at London's Royal Albert Hall, with John Lennon on guitar. The track later appears on Yoko Ono / Plastic Ono Band, her companion to Lennon's album of the same name.

1972--The Lennons' six-month US visitor's visas expire. They are allowed only a 15-day extension. This is the beginning of a three-and-one-half-year struggle by John Lennon to continue to reside in America.

1980--Buddy Holly's glasses and the Big Bopper's wrist watch are discovered in the Mason City, Iowa, sheriff's office. They had been recovered from the wreckage of the artists' plane after it crashed in 1959 and been filed away ever since.

1984--EMI officially deletes from their catalogue The Beatles’ compilation albums, Rarities and Reel Music, the latter being scraped by EMI less than two years after its original release.

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