If I had been born in 1581…

I wouldn’t have had my first birthday.

Huh?

Today, I learned that on October 4, 1582 the great Gregorian Calendar Adjustment took place in most of Europe. There was no tomorrow — no Friday, 5 October 1582. Instead, the next day was called Friday, 15 October 1582 — 11 calendar days later.

Seems the calendar had fallen 11 days behind. The correction did not happen in Britain, America, etc, until 1752, and in Russia at the end of 1918.

Weird!

I also learned that October 4th is Vodka Day. So what’s the day after, Hangover from Vodka Day? No, it’s my birthday!

And, it’s the birthday of lots and lots of people. In fact, more people than any other day of the year.

It’s true. Some say it’s because it’s 40 weeks after New Year’s Eve. Go figure.

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6 thoughts on “If I had been born in 1581…

  1. I guess this gives you a little taste of how Josh feels on non-Leap years. Weird, isn’t it?
    I am glad that they got it all worked out for you over the next 380 years.

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