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  •  Thank you, Susan from 29, for doing this diary (7+ / 0-)

    about Washington's birthday.  As one who lives in the Washington, DC area, I mourn the loss of this holiday that was once so special. "Presidents' Day" doesn't have the same impact for me. Gamely served cherry pie for dessert last night but kept back half of it for the actual birthday on Saturday.

     I especially loved Washington's Birthday because of the spectacular snows we've enjoyed on that day, which twice kept people in this area from going to work. Once it happened on a Sunday night in 1979, so the three feet of snow or whatever it was kept us off on Monday. (Not all companies, especially in private industry, gave people the day off.) The second time was in 2004, I think. I worked for an employer that didn't give us the day off but the company had to close for the simple reason that no one could get into the parking lot.

    A Monday Mystery Book Club would be a delightful idea!  I read few books other than mysteries, as with that genre (1) I can rely on there being some kind of plot, and (2) the good guys win. So please count me in if you start it!

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 04:52:29 AM PST

    •  George Washington was really born on February 11th (2+ / 0-)
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      Susan from 29, RiveroftheWest

      When he was born  in 1731, Great Britain  and her colonies were using the Julian calendar. Later when they changed to the Gregorian calendar the additional 11 days added to make it theoretically February 22. This reference  makes it sound like everybody's birthday and other dates were automaticaly moved 11 days ahead.  Not really. Most people kept all the same dates for aniversaries and bithdays etc. It's just that old George was so smart that he figured that to really celebrate his birthday exactly one year later from when he did before the calendar changed he had to add the 11 days.  You can win a drink at a bar with this question because people can use their smart phone to Google it but they may then beat you over the head with the phone for being a smart ass.

      Life is just a bowl of Cherries, that stain your hands and clothes and have pits that break your teeth.

      by OHdog on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:54:56 AM PST

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      •  Thanks for that insight. As an amateur (2+ / 0-)
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        OHdog, RiveroftheWest

        genealogist, I have run into the calendar change before and often wondered what it must have been like for those alive at the time. I do remember the failed attempt to adopt the metric system and can't imagine a calendar change being accepted by the public today.

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