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Thursday, February 22, 2018

1752 and all that by Mark Bowman (Thu. 22 Feb, 2018 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm)

In 1752, Britain and its colonies replaced the Julian Calendar with the Gregorian Calendar, and many people believed they had been robbed of 11 days of their life.

Other countries made this change at various dates between 1582 and 1927, so for nearly 350 years the exact date depended on which country you were in.

The move from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar means that British baptism, marriage and burial dates before 1752 must be interpreted with some care.

Also, find out about: the only February 30th in history; why my friend George’s mother had to change the birthdate on her official papers; and (time permitting) the Leap Second and the Leap Smear.

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