Monday, February 29, 2016

An Extra Day

It is a leap year this year, which means February has an extra day, the 29th. The more logical way might be to put the extra day at the very end of the year. This was actually what was done by the ancient Romans, whose calendar we are still using in a reformed version. The early Roman year ended by the end of February. This was later changed, so that the year ended by the end of December. The leap day was still added to February, however. The names of the months of September, October, November, and December are also reminding us that February used to be the last month, because the names means the seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth month. There are a lot of interesting trivia about the calendar.

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