U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 12

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12: LOST DAYS

Profile America — Thursday, September 12th.  This was a day that didn't exist in Colonial America in 1752, as the familiar calendar underwent what is called the "Gregorian correction," switching from the ancient Julian calendar to adjust for errors accumulated over centuries.  After September 2nd, the next day was September 14th, and there was rioting by those who felt cheated and demanded the 11 days back.  The British parliament's Calendar Act of 1750 had also changed New Year's Day from March 25th to January 1st.  As a result, the year 1751 had only 282 days.  Today, we're used to the leap year correction every four years, and the calendar, many distributed as gifts by retailers, has remained a constant.  Calendar production is part of the nearly $98 billion worth of materials printed in the U.S. each year.  Profile America is in its 17th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.

Sources:  www.ctstatelibrary.org/node/2218
2007 Economic Census, NAICS 32311

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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