U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 13
WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: MAJOR CALENDAR CHANGE
Profile America — Tuesday, September 13th. This was a day that didn’t exist in America in 1752, as the calendar underwent what is called the “Gregorian correction,” to adjust for time errors accumulated over centuries. After September 2nd, the next day was September 14th, and there was rioting in the streets by those who felt cheated and demanded the 11 days back. The Calendar Act also changed New Year’s Day from March 25th to January 1st. As a result, the year 1751 only had 282 days. Today, we’re used to the Leap Year correction every four years and the calendar has remained one of the consistent elements of life. Calendars are just part of the nearly $98 billion worth of materials printed in the U.S. each year. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase’s Calendar of Events 2011, p. 440
2007 Economic Census, NIACS 32311
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau