Wednesday 31 December 2014

Happy New Year.

Happy New Year. 

Watch this space for some exciting new projects coming up in 2015 and thank you for reading our Wednesday Posts. 

Here is a page from the Virginia almanac of 1752 from the introduction of the new Gregorian Calendar when the beginning of the year was moved from March to January. 

'When the British decided to change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, the Virginia Almanack gave directions for reform. Replacing the old calendar required an adjustment of eleven days because of a discrepancy between the solar and calendar years. A 1751 act of Parliament dictated that the new year, 1752, would begin on January 1 rather than on March 25 and that September 2, 1752, would be immediately followed by September 14, 1752. The shift of the new calendar went relatively smoothly in the American colonies, aided perhaps by the information given in almanacs and newspapers.' (


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