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From: "Darrell A. Martin" <>
Subject: Re: [TMG] re irregular date
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2011 13:45:14 -0500
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> This date could be Feb 29, 1767/8 Julian, i.e. the year would have been
> 1768 if they number the years starting Jan 1st, but they were actually
> using the Mar 15th year change day, so they recorded it as 1767.

I do not believe this applies. Sweden changed to the Gregorian calendar,
finally and permanently, in 1753; but they began using January 1 as New
Year's Day in 1559, even under the Julian Calendar. Also, New Year's Day
when it was in March was commonly on March 25th (the date of the Feast
of the Annunciation a.k.a. Incarnation Day, like Christmas a "quarter
day"). This was certainly true in England. I know of no calendar which
used a March 15th New Year's Day. Perhaps this is being confused with
the infamous statement to Julius Caesar, "beware the Ides of March". In
the Roman calendar, the 15th of each month was the Ides.


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