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Did the years always started on January 1?

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Rodney Fox on March 28, 2019

In England, on the 1st of January is celebrated the feast of the New Year, but from the 12th century to 1752 the year in England began on 25 March (Lady Day). So, for example, the Parliamentary record of the logs of the execution of Charles I occurring in 1648 (as the year did not end until 24 March), although modern histories adjust the start of the year to 1 January and record the execution as occurring in 1649. Most western european countries changed the start of the year to 1 January before they adopted the Gregorian calendar. For example, Scotland changed the start of the Scottish New Year on 1 January 1600. England, Ireland and the British colonies changed the start of the year to 1 January in 1752. Later that year, in September, the Gregorian calendar was introduced in great Britain and the British colonies. These two reforms were implemented by the Calendar (New Style) Act of 1750.


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