Calendar Adjustment Day – September 2, 2022, history, quotes

Calendar Adjustment Day – September 2, 2022, history, quotes

Calendar Adjustment Day on September 2 is more than just making some tweaks to your calendar. It commemorates the date in history when New Year’s Day was shifted to the first of January, and the entire calendar system changed.

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.

Albert Einstein


After the British Calendar Act of 1751, the Gregorian Calendar was adopted by Britain in 1752. But shifting and aligning with the new calendar was not that simple — it required omitting 11 days for synchronization with the proposed Gregorian Calendar. The residents of Britain and the American colonies went to sleep at night on September 2, 1752, and woke up the next day to September 14, 1752. This change also led to New Year’s Day being celebrated on January 1. Those 11 days are lost forever in time.

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

John Green,

The calendar adjustment wasn’t taken too well by the public, who felt cheated and demanded to have their 11 days back. It was necessary to skip these 11 days in September so that Britain could align with the Julian calendar, like most of Europe.

Many historians claim that the change in calendar led to rioting and civil unrest, demanding “Give us our 11 days.” Many people also believed that their lives were shortened by 11 days. The moving of some holy days and holidays like Easter was also seen as suspicious and the new dates were considered “incorrect.”

To avoid confusion, colonial records use the terminologies ‘Old Style’ and ‘New Style’ to differentiate between dates in history. These dates are denoted by using a slash mark (/).

The changeover involved a number of different steps. First, the last day of the month, December 31, 1750, was succeeded by January 1, 1750. Before, December was the 10th month in the Old Style calendar, and January was the 11th. Next, changes were made to March 24. Previously, March 25 was considered the start of the New Year in the Old Style calendar. The next change was January 1, 1752 following December 31, 1751. As stated before, the new year started with March 25 in the Old Style year. Lastly, September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, 1752. This is the part where 11 days from the year were omitted.

There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.

John Green,

Other Celebrations on September 2

September 2 is also celebrated as

World Coconut Day


The Gregorian Calendar
Pope Gregory XIII introduces the Gregorian calendar.

1582 — 1751
Two Calendars
Two calendars are in use across Europe — the Julian Calendar and the Gregorian Calendar.

The British Calendar Act
The British Calendar Act brings about changes to the calendar.

11 Days Are Lost
The days between September 2 and September 14 are skipped on the calendar.


Buy a new calendar
We all maintain digital calendars on our smartphones and laptops now, but it doesn’t beat the ease and convenience of a desk calendar. Pick a themed calendar for an added touch.

Mark special events
If you don’t use your calendar frequently, today is a good time to start. It is a great way to organize your tasks and remember important appointments and birthdays!

Find relevant content
The 11 missing days of 1751 are referred to in several works of fiction, such as “Foucault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco, “Slammerkin” by Emma Donoghue, and in the eighth season of the adventures series of “Doctor Who.”


The original intent
The Gregorian calendar was created with the intention of changing the date of Easter, which wasn’t proving to be accurate on the flawed Julian calendar.

Pope Gregory didn’t design the Gregorian calendar
Even though he is considered the authority behind the new calendar, he commissioned physician Aloysius Lilius and astronomer Christopher Clavius to design it.

The first printed Gregorian calendar
“Lunario Novo secondo la nuova riforma” is among the earliest printed editions of the Gregorian calendar in 1582.

Resistance to the new calendar
The new calendar was met with resistance from Protestants, some of whom viewed it as a satanic agenda.

Astronomers don’t use the Gregorian calendar
As noted by the Galileo Project, “the Gregorian Calendar is useless for astronomy because it has a 10-day hiatus in it — to calculate positions backward in time, astronomers use the Julian Date.”


It’s a cool event in history
Many of us don’t know about this event in history. It’s these little things that just seem to have been set in place, but have a great history in terms of how they were gradually implemented.

Appreciating time
The value of time is reiterated on Calendar Adjustment Day. In the same way that the people of colonial Britain lost their 11 days, every moment that we waste and don’t enjoy is being lost to the sands of time.

We love calendars
National Today is all about days of the year so of course, how can we not love the calendar?


There are a number of different ways that you can observe Calendar Adjustment Day. One option is to pick up a new calendar for your office or home. You can easily get a stylish or themed calendar from a retail store. Spend some time marking out your loved one’s birthdays and any special events that you have got going on throughout the year. While we may all have the calendar app on our smartphones today, there is something nice about sticking with the traditional approach for doing things.

Another way to celebrate Calendar Adjustment Day is to simply spread information about the day with your friends, family, and followers on social media. A lot of people are not aware of the fact that when we switched to the Gregorian calendar, 11 days were lost. It’s certainly something interesting to read into and to share with the people who you connect with online.

You can also celebrate Calendar Adjustment Day by reading some works of fiction or watching television shows whereby you can see the missing days referenced. This includes Foucault’s Pendulum by Umberto Eco, Slammerkin by Emma Donoghue, Episode 19 of Thomas Pynchon’s novel Mason & Dixon, The Brantford Chainstore Massacre by Robert Rankin, and Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures series.

Or, why not embrace your creative side and make your own calendar in honor of Calendar Adjustment Day? Take a trip down to your local arts and crafts store and get all of the supplies that you need. This is a fun project to get involved in, as you can decorate each month of the year differently. You may want to make the calendar a personal one; a bit like a scrapbook and a calendar in one. Alternatively, you could decide to pay honor to the historic nature of Calendar Adjustment Day and choose a historic event from each month in order to decorate the calendar. If you are not really the arts and crafts kind of person, don’t worry, you can still create your own personal calendar. There are a lot of companies today that enable you to create your own calendar online by adding photos. They will then print the calendar and send it directly to you. It’s as simple as that!

So there you have it: an insight into Calendar Adjustment Day! It’s certainly interesting to consider that once upon a time, January the 1st did not mark the start of the year. It seems weird to consider beginning the year in March, doesn’t it?

Learn about Calendar Adjustment Day

The British Calendar Act of 1751 resulted in some considerable changes being made to our calendar. This is what this date is all about. We celebrate the changes that happened as a consequence of Calendar Adjustment Day.

Between the years of 1582 and 1752, there were two calendars that were in use across Europe. This includes the Gregorian Calendar and the Julian Calendar. Despite the fact that the lawful year started on the 25th of March, the use of the Gregorian calendar by other countries in Europe resulted in the 1st of January being commonly celebrated as “New Year’s Day” as well as being the first day of the year in almanacs.

To avoid confusion and misinterpretation, both the ‘New Style’ and ‘Old Style’ are regularly used in colonial and English records to dates that fall between the old New Year (March 25) and the new New Year (January 1). Such dates tend to be identified using a slash mark (/) breaking the Old Style and the New Style year.

There are a few other things to note when it comes to the creation of the Gregorian calendar. The initial goal of this was so that the date of Easter was changed. The old calendar had fallen out of sync with the seasons because the system used by the Roman emperor miscalculated the length of the solar year by 11 minutes. This was a concern for Pope Gregory XIII because it meant that Easter was falling further and further away from the spring equinox with every year that passed by.

At the time, some Protestants believed that the Gregorian calendar was a Catholic plot. Despite the fact that the formation of the calendar had no power beyond the Catholic Church. A lot of the Catholic countries such as Italy, Portugal, and Spin adopted the system quickly. However, protestants across Europe mainly rejected the change due to its ties to the papacy, worrying that it was an attempt for their movement to be silenced over. As you can see, England held out until 1752. Moreover, it was not until 1700 that Protestant Germany made the switch.


  1. What is the reason the calendar for September of 1752 is missing 11 days?

    The Gregorian calendar was 11 days ahead of the Julian calendar. When the former was adopted in 1752, 11 days had to be skipped to avoid discrepancies and accurately align the dates.

  2. When did we lose 11 days?

    The 11 days of September 1752 from September 3 to September 13 are considered to be the ‘lost’ days.

  3. Who invented the calendar we use today?

    Pope Gregory XIII is credited with introducing the Gregorian calendar in 1582.

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