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Ask Marilyn: More on Washington's Two Birthdays

Ronald Johnson of Clarksburg, Maryland, writes:

Marilyn: In your answer to the question about our judicial system and Watson, you wrote that February 11, 1731, was the same date on the Julian calendar as February 22, 1732, on the new and current Gregorian calendar. (January 6, 2013) At the time, people were angered because they claimed they had lost eleven days of their life. They would really have been mad if they thought they had lost one year and eleven days. Of, course, they hadn't lost any days: The calendar had been moved eleven days forward, not a year and eleven days.

Marilyn responds:


Actually, I didn't write that the dates were the same on the two calendars, but I see how the sentences could have been read that way. Anyway, the National Archives knows best.


 
 
 
 

 

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