All these four persons have a commonality. However, in their childhoods, persons 1, 2 and 3 missed out on an event that person 4 did not miss out on.

What was that event (specific to their commonality)?

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The four persons are:

John Byrom, 29 February 1692 - 26 September 1763
Gioachino Rossini, 29 February 1792 - 13 November 1868
Augusta Savage, February 29, 1892 - March 27, 1962
Sean Abbott, born 29 February 1992

They were all ...

... born on the leap day, 29 February eight years before the turn of a century.

The event they missed was ...

... their eighth birthday, because the years 1700, 1800 and 1900 were not leap years. The year 2000, however, was a leap year, so Sean Abbott got to celebrate his "proper" birthday on 29 Februrary.

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    $\begingroup$ They missed their SECOND birthday, don't you mean? $\endgroup$
    – Pete
    Sep 20, 2022 at 3:55
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    $\begingroup$ Hm. Maybe. I use birthday here to mean birthday anniversary, as is usual, not birthday quadrennial, so they miss the second birthday that can be celebrated on the day proper. They don't even miss out on it completely, it's just four years later when they are twelve. Oh, it's complicated, so I'll just say: You know what I mean. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Sep 20, 2022 at 5:54

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