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The process of changing from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar in Great Britain meant that 1752 started on March 25, missed 11 days out in September, then ended on December 31. Therefore January 1 1753 was the first time New Year's Day was celebrated on that date in Britain, not January 1 1752. That's why I moved the date. -- Francs2000 09:27, 4 Jan 2004 (UTC)

I have received an email from "Dave" challenging this saying: "the note and explanation by Francs2000 about the length of the year are incorrect. If I have understood the text of the Act correctly [1]), then the year 1752 was cut short by only eleven days, while the year 1751 (and not 1752) was cut short by two months."

I think the email is correct and will remove the comment from this page. --BozMo|talk 05:49, 24 Apr 2005 (UTC)

I agree with Dave and Boz... - the Act is quite clear in that regard. I've tweaked my table to show the start of the British year as 1 January, not 25 March. I'm not certain that the Russians were in synch with the Brits up till then, though indications elsewhere in WP suggest that they were; any Russian legal experts out there? Robin Patterson 03:22, 11 May 2005 (UTC)

I'm not a legal expert, but I have read of books about Russia.Russians adopted the Julian calendar when the rest of the world was starting to adopt the Gregorian calendar. Russia did not use the Gregorian calendar until 1918,the change was made by Lenin.

I think the Act did not affect the calendar in Scotland, which had already adopted the Gregorian calendar before the Union in 1707. "Great Britain" and the "British Empire" should be amended to reflect this. (talk) 09:34, 16 April 2013 (UTC) JGW 16 April 2013

years page layout[edit]

I have made some year layout proposals which would affect a significant proportion of the year pages: an example of proposed style is 1850. It is detailed on my talk page. However pre 1800 the change is largely cosmetic.

If no-one flags where I have put the discussion on my talk page that they object in a month I will start making everything consistent. It may take some time... --(talk)BozMo 16:15, 11 May 2004 (UTC)