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Friday, September 14, 2007
What day?
You might have been wondering why there hasn't been any This Day in History posts for the past week. Well, I've just been extremely busy and not able to get out here - except to get my Thursday Thirteen up. But, I thought I'd do a quick post to get you thinking a bit.

Little Mary Abigail Winston was born on September 8, 1745. A pretty and precocious child, she especially loved the birthday parties her well-to-do parents threw for her each year on their country estate in Devon. Insisting that her parties HAD to be held on her birthday, she was extremely disappointed not to be able to have a 7th birthday party. Why?


Blogger Scribbit said...
Was it a skipped day to compensate for an inaccurate calendar? something like that?

Blogger Denise Patrick said...
Yes. Back in 1752 the British Empire (which still included the American colonies) moved from the Julian Calendar to the Gergorian Calendar. An arbitrary decision was made to do this in September (I'm sure it probably wasn't completely arbitrary, but I haven't found an explanation for the choice of days yet), so September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, 1752, so little Mary Abigail couldn't have her birthday party on her actual birthday in that year.

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