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11 Days are missing in the Calendar! Find out why

11 Days are missing in the Calendar! Find out why

Did you know that September 1752 had only 19 days? The days between 3rd and 13th September 1752 were never lived. Here’s why: It was in this month that England shifted from the Roman Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. It was necessary to adopt the Gregorian calendar because the Julian year was 11 days longer. The British Calendar Act of 1751 decreed that in Britain (and American Colonies), Thursday 3rd September 1752 should become Thursday 14th September 1752.

The Gregorian calendar was named after Pope Gregory XIII who introduced it in 1582. It has been widely adopted around the world and has a leap year every four years (or more precisely, 97 leap years every 400 years). This means that the year corresponds closely with the astronomical year (365.24219 days) such that it is only one day out every 3,300 years.

On the other hand, the Julian calendar which was used in Britain up until 1752 was 365.25 days long and was less accurate than the Gregorian calendar. It was fractionally too long and fell out of line with the seasons over time.

After the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in Britain, many individuals assumed their lives would be shortened as an aftermath of the lost days. They protested in the streets of Britain, chanting “Give us back our eleven days!”

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