Google Doodle hops into leap year

In one of its rare celebrations of two noteworthy events, Google has created a special home page cartoon honoring not just the elusive February 29, but also Rossini’s birthday. Leap years only come along every four years, so they’re worth celebrating. Google made that much clear today with a special doodle honoring the oh-so-rare 29th of February. But lest you think that such an event isn’t by itself worthy of one of the search giant’s whimsical home page graphics, their work today does double duty: It also observes the 220th birthday of famed Italian composer Gioachino Rossini.