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Re: George III
The date I have is 24 May. The two different dates are due to calendar
changes. Julius Caesar established a calendar in 45 B.C. This is the Julian
or Old Style (O.S.) calendar. It and had three common years containing 365
days, and one year (leap year) containing 366 days (every fourth year). This
twelve-month calendar was based on a solar year.
By the Julian calendar, the first day of the year was March 25th
By the Julian calendar church officials noted errors church holidays did
not occur in their proper seasons.
In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII and his astronomer and mathematician created a
new, reformed calendar known as the Gregorian or New Style (N.S.) calendar.
It was adopted first in Roman Catholic countries. Protestant countries
adopted the calendar during the eighteenth century.
In order to make the calendar adjustment in 1582, ten days were eliminated
from October. 4 October 1582 was followed by 15 October 1582.
England and its American colonies did not adopt the reformed Gregorian
calendar until 1752. Scotland adopted it earlier, celebrating the New Year
on 1 January 1600 and subsequently on January 1st of each year.
Interestingly, Alaska did not change from the Julian calendar to the New
Style Gregorian calendar until 1867 because, up to that point, it was part
In order to make the calendar adjustment, eleven days were dropped from the
month of September 1752.. The year 1751 began on 25 March and ended on 31
December 1751. The first day of the year was now January 1st and the last
day was December 31st-the calendar we use today. 2 September 1752 was
followed by 14 September 1752.
31 December 1750 was followed by 1 January 1750
24 March 1750 was followed by 25 March 1751
31 December 1751 was followed by 1 January 1752
2 September 1752 was followed by 14 September 1752
31 December 1752 was followed by 1 January 1753
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