The Curious Case of Eleven (11) Missing Days in 1752

Why Our Calendars Skipped 11 Days in 1752


Six and a half million Britons went to bed on September 2, 1752, and woke up on September 14. The reason? The Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750, of course.

Year 1752 (MDCCLII) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar. In the British Empire, it was the only year with 355 days, as September 3 through September 13 were skipped when the Empire adopted the Gregorian calendar.

t all happened when Pope Gregory XIII ordered a change from Julian to the Gregorian Calendar in 1582, they had to cut down 11 days! Therefore, days were cut out between 2nd and 14th September 1752. But the government ended up paying for full 30 days. Find out why it was done so.

The change from Julian Calender to Gregorian Calender

In 325 A.D Nicene council officially adopted the ‘Julian Calendar’ which declared that ‘a year would be 365 days and 6 hours long’ and March 25th being the ‘New year’. Many centuries passed and at last astronomers found out the flaw in Julian calendar which exceeded the newly measured ‘Solar year’ by 11 minutes. This amounted over time from 325 A.D to 1582 A.D, exceeding nearly 10 days!

In order to avoid this error and to make the dates go in uniformity with the dates followed by the world, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar, named as ‘Gregorian Calendar’. As Julian calendar did not have leap years, the difference of 11 days had to be cut down.

What did happen in the month of September, 1752?

So in 1752, the government ordered to cut down the dates between 2nd and 14th of that monthfor every colonies controlled by them. This meant that the British Isles, English colonies and America, lost 11 days in September 1752. The days in the September month of 1752 began with 1,2 but 11 days was skipped and the days continued from 14, 15 till 30th. This made that from 3rd to 13th nothing actually happened.


The dates between 2nd Sep 1752 and 14th Sep 1752, never really existed, whichsparked riots in many areas because of the fear that no wages would be paid for those 11 days of the month. To restore peace, the government ended up paying for full 30 days when the people actually worked for 19 days in September.

As a matter of fact, The British were among the last countries in the world to make the days disappear. The numbers had already been vanished in many places – France in 1582, Norway in 1700 etc…



Source- factshunt .com