Thursday, March 21, 2013

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The Odd Case Of The Missing Days



On September 2, 1752, an odd happening occurred that's still keeping genealogists on their toes. On that day, the British Isles and all the English colonies, including America, lost 11 days--September 3 through 13. People went to sleep and when they awoke the next morning, the date had changed to September 14. There were riots in rural villages since the people thought the government was trying to cheat them out of 11 days of their lives. 

The year 1752 is a leap year, with 355 days in total (The calendar changed from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar this year, and a number of days were dropped during this process).

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