THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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September 02, 1752
Calendar Reform Took Place in Virginia
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.