TITLE

Julian and Gregorian Calendars; Leap Year; Century

PUB. DATE
January 2005
SOURCE
World Almanac & Book of Facts;2005, p381
SOURCE TYPE
Almanac
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
The article informs that the Julian calendar, under which all Western nations measured time until ad 1582, was authorized by Julius Caesar in 46 bc. St. Bede, an Anglo-Saxon monk also known as the Venerable Bede, announced in ad 730 that the Julian year was 11 min, 14 sec too long, a cumulative error of about a day every 128 years, but nothing was done about this for centuries. The Gregorian calendar continued a system devised by the monk Dionysius Exiguus (6th century), starting from the first year following the birth of Jesus Christ, which was inaccurately taken to be year 753 in the Roman calendar.
ACCESSION #
16982366

 

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