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September 12, 2014

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Profile America — Friday, September 12th. This was a day that didn't exist in Colonial America in 1752, as the familiar calendar underwent what is called the "Gregorian correction," switching from the ancient Julian calendar to adjust for errors accumulated over centuries. After September 2nd, the next day was September 14th, and there was rioting by those who felt cheated and demanded the 11 days back. The British parliament's Calendar Act of 1750 had also changed New Year's Day from March 25th to January 1st. As a result, the year 1751 had only 282 days. Since then, with leap years built in, the calendar has remained constant. Calendar production engages some of the country's nearly 26,000 printing establishments, which employ some 443,000 workers. Profile America is in its17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:
http://www.ctstatelibrary.org/node/2218

http://www.academia.edu/2342015/Give_us_our_eleven_days_

http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2012_00A1&prodType=table


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Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: August 28, 2014