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Mystery Missing Dates

Did you know the days/dates between 2nd and 14th September in 1752 did NOT exist? This is because this was the year that the calendar changed from the Julian (Julius Caesar) to the Gregorian (Pope Gregory XIII) calendar and because the Julian calendar did not have leap years, they had to cut out dates to make the years correct for the new calendar. So the days went 1, 2, 14, 15, 16….30. But the month still ended with 30 so people worked for 11 days less but got paid for 30 days. This is how paid leave started. England was the last country to adopt this system.

9 thoughts on “Mystery Missing Dates

  1. uh no dude, any sunday school teacher will tell you that. no one knows when it really was but it does give us an excuse to celebrate xmas with all the other religious holidays.

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  3. By the way jesus’s birthday is actually in spring. It is only celebrate on december 25, because the rest of the holidays are around that time, and it makes it easier for holiday shopping.

  4. The Gregorian calendar was soon adopted by most Catholic countries (e.g. Spain, Portugal, Poland, most of Italy). Protestant countries followed later, and the countries of Eastern Europe adopted the “new calendar” even later. In the British Empire (including the American colonies), Wednesday 2 September 1752 was followed by Thursday 14 September 1752. For 12 years from 1700 Sweden used a modified Julian calendar, and adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1753, but Russia remained on the Julian calendar until 1918 (1 February became 14 February), after the Russian Revolution (which is thus called the “October Revolution” though it occurred in Gregorian November), while Greece continued to use it until 1924.[38]

  5. Perki wrote: #
    So we may not be celebrating Jesus’ birthday on the correct day?

    Regarding this comment;

    It is not sure of the exact date Jesus was born on, and no one ever has been. We celebrate christmas (25th December) for his birth, even though he was supposedly born in the summer / autumn dates.

  6. Erica wrote:
    By the way jesus’s birthday is actually in spring. It is only celebrate on december 25, because the rest of the holidays are around that time, and it makes it easier for holiday shopping.

    No… it’s because historically it coincided with the pagan holiday of Saturnalia/Yule — the winter solstice. In the year 350 Pope Julius I declared that Christ’s birthday would be celebrated on the 25th of December in an attempt to make it easier for Pagans to transition into Christianity. And so the world moved from one mythology to the next…

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