What is an interesting fact of history that most people don't know? by Harshit Sethi
Answer by Harshit Sethi:
People in Britain went to their beds on 2nd of September and woke up to 14th of September.
Yes, this actually happened when Britain and all its colonies adopted the calendar reform proclaimed by Pope Gregory XIII in October 1582. It is what we now know as Gregorian Calendar.
Basically since 325 AD, it was considered that a year consists of 365 days and 6 hours. But in 1582 AD, astronomers found out a flaw in the calendar stating that it actually exceeds by 11 minutes.
Therefore, in order to avoid any errors and keep a uniformity in time, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar in which the difference of 11 days had to be cut down.
( 1752–325= 1427 years
15696/60=261 hours approx.
261/24= 10.8 (11 days approx) )
Britain, however, didn’t accept the calendar then. Europe, on the other hand, accepted it and followed it.
In 1752, Britain finally had to pass a new calendar law which cut down the 11 days in the month of September. This was applicable to Britain and all it’s colonies.
Interesting thing is that this law sparked riots in the country because of the fear that they will not be paid the wages for those days.
To restore peace, government ended up paying wages for full 30 days instead of 19 days that people actually worked for.
Basically, people got paid for the days that don’t even exist. 😛