Why Britain Lost 11 Days in September 1752


Do you know how many British people were born between September 3 and September 13 in the year 1752? None. Absolutely no one was born, nobody died, and no marriages took place during that period. No wars were fought, no bets were made, no trade deals were signed. As a matter of fact, these 11 days didn’t even exist on the British calendar. People went to bed on the night of September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14, 1752. The loss of 11 days was the expected consequence of changing calendars. Before September 2, 1752, Britain was using the Julian calendar, while most of its neighbors had already moved to the more accurate Gregorian calendar. Nearly 70 years after it was proposed, Britain found itself slowly falling out of sync with the rest of the world. To fix that, the parliament passed the Calendar Act 1750. Despite persisting rumors, there was very little backlash from the community, and life went on as normal.