Cross-cultural calendrical clarification

July 4, 2009 at 11:37 pm 1 comment

Elsewhere on this thing called internet, I have today noticed a query from someone wishing to know “do they have July 4th in England?”.

The answer, of course, is No.

Since 1776, there has been no July 4th in England. Instead, we move directly from 3rd to 5th July (without passing go, without collecting £200). England is thus unique in the world in having a 30-day July.

There are varied and curious by-products of this calendrical anomaly. For starters, it goes some way to explaining the unpredictability of the English summer: dropping a day is bound to have an impact on calculations of mean monthly temperature, rainfall etc. More significantly, the accumulation of skipped days over the last 233 years has nudged England slightly ahead of the rest of the world: here we are now on 22 February 2010.

I hope that clears things up.

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  • 1. 4th july? « sed contra  |  July 6, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    […] this post explains, one of the cultural oddities of England is that, we don’t have a fourth of July.  […]

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