Monday, February 17, 2014

Happy Holidays!

It seems that I post for holidays more than other occasions.  Today is the official observance of the Federal holiday known as Washington's Birthday.  Although his birthday is actually on the 22nd, Americans have a tendency of closing official things down on Mondays instead of on the actual holiday.  He was born February 11, 1731 according to official documents of the British empire, which meant that it was recorded using the Julian calendar since it was before the Calendar Act of 1750, which somehow makes the official date February 22, 1732 in the Gregorian calendar.  I don't understand where the extra year came from since my understanding is that the two were only 11 days off when they were switched, but I haven't taken the time to research it.  Most people's calendars show that today is President's Day since Abraham Lincoln also had a birthday last Wednesday.

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