13.2.08

Trivia question

What happened in the English colonies on Thursday September 3 1752?

Absolutely nothing...because September 3 through 13, 1752 did not exist by Royal decree. Britain and the British Empire (including the eastern part of what is now the United States) adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752 in accordance with the New Style Act of 1750 by which time it was necessary to correct the old Julian Calendar by 11 days. Wednesday, September 2, 1752 was followed by Thursday, September 14,1752.

And as in the year 1999 with it's fear of the disruption of society, it was also predidcted that the date change would disrupt the commerce and society of Britain and the Empire for centuries.

Hmmm, do you think that was what happened?

One effect was to move Washingtons birthday from February 11 to February 22.

de Brantigny

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