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Six Things You May Not Know About The Gregorian Calendar

October 2, 2018
By Anesa McGregor , Emmetsburg News

Most of us find something about history fascinating. Me, well I like to learn about things, I guess you would call off the beaten path. I really enjoy the period from 1400 1600. The things people believed in, to me is just crazy.

I ran across this article on the history website about the Gregorian calendar and six things you might not know about it.

On October 4, 1582, the Gregorian calendar took affect in Catholic countries as Pope Gregory XIII issued a decree stating the day following Thursday, October 4, 1582, would be Friday, October 15, 1852. This would correct a 10 day error accumulated by the Julian calendar.

The following are six things you may not know about the Gregorian calendar according to history.com.

1. The original goal of the Gregorian calendar was to change the date of Easter.

In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar implemented the Julian calendar. Caesar miscalculated the length of a solar year by 11 minutes. By, 1582, the calendar was out of sync with the seasons by 10 days. As each year past, Easter, traditionally observed on March 21, was falling further from the Spring equinox with the passing of each year.

Leap years don't really occur every four years in the Gregorian calendar.

2. The Julian calendar included an extra day in February every four years. When the Gregorian calendar was developed, it was realized that so many extras days made the calendar too long. The Gregorian calendar adds a leap day in years divisible by four, unless the year is also divisible by 100. If the year is also divisible by 400, a leap day is added regardless. This might sound confusing but it almost resolved the lag created by the Julian calendar.

3. The Gregorian calendar differs from the solar year by 26 seconds.

In the years since Gregory introduced his calendar in 1582, a discrepancy of several hours has occurred. By the year 4909, the Gregorian calendar will be a full day ahead of the solar year.

4. Some Protestants of the time viewed the Gregorian calendar as a Catholic plot.

The Gregorian calendar had no power beyond the Catholic Church. Catholic countries (Spain, Portugal and Italy), swiftly adopted the new calendar. European Protestants rejected the change, fearing it was an attempt to silence their movement. In 1700, Protestant Germany switched over, but England held out until 1752. Orthodox national churches have never embraced the Gregorian calendar.

5. Britains adoption of the Gregorian calendar sparked mobs and protests maybe.

English citizens didn't react kindly after Parliament advanced the calendar overnight from September 2, 1752 to September 14, 1752. Riots supposedly took to the streets, demanding their 11 days back. It's now thought that it was greatly exaggerated.

In America, Benjamin Franklin welcomed the change writing, "It's pleasant for an old man to go to bed on September 2 and not have to get up until September 14."

6. Before the adoption of the Gregorian calendar the English New Year began on March25 or Lady Day.

In 46 B.C., the Julian calendar instituted January 1 as the first of the year. European countries replaced the Julian calendar during the Middle Ages. However, they would replace January 1 with days that carried greater religious significance marking the beginning of the year in Britain.

This is just an example of the outlandish clains made by people of that era. maybe you should dig deep into history and see what you find. I would like to hear from you.

 
 
 

 

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