September 2, 1752

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1752 – September 2, became the the last day of the Julian calendar within Britain and its colonies. It was replaced by the Gregorian calendar and the British parliament decided an 11-day discrepancy between the two would best be rectified by making the following day September 14. The rest of Europe had already changed to the Gregorian calendar years before and the French and Italians had been laughing at the Brits and their quaint calendar ways as a means to avoid ‘progress’. All the people in England and its colonies that had birthdays from September 3 to September 13 were informed that their birthdays would all now be recognized on September 14. The “Great Birthday Cake Fiasco” of September 14 was easily foreseen by those of intelligence, but the fistfights between mothers scrambling to get a cake for Little Johnny and his party did provide amusement for those who were fortunate enough to queue up at the bakeries and pastry shops to observe the impromptu catfights.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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