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Change of Calendar years

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Change of Calendar

In the year 1751 the English Parliament passed an act by which the old style of computing time was altered to the new. Eleven days were to be taken from September 1752 and the first day of January was to be the first day of the year, instead of March 25 as formerly. This last change accounts for the double dates so often found between these two periods. Thus it was that the year 1752 began on the first day of January, The 3rd of September was reckoned the 14th, and that intermediate eleven days were omitted from the calendar. The new style was first adopted by Catholics in 1582 and not generally by Protestants till sometime after. Russia has still not changed to using the new dates. To meet the wishes of both the Catholics and the Protestants it was customary from the first settlement of this country till 1752 to give double dates from January 1st to March 25th. Thus January 9 1725 would be written January 9 1724-25 or 1724/25. March was the 1st month and April the 2nd ect., all dates before 1752 are in old style. To convert a day to the new style or present dates you must add ten days from 1500 to 1700, 1600 was a leap year and eleven days from 1700 to 1752. Example September 2 1625 becomes September 12 1635.

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