March 01, 1998

Letters to the Editor

To the Editors:

The article [Ringing in the New Year] incorrectly states that the Julian and Gregorian Calendars are 14 days apart. In this century and in the next century, the calendars are 13 days apart.

Also, the Gregorian calendar did not change where the leap years occur, but rather changed when leap years do NOT occur. Both calendars’ ‘leap day’ occur on Feb 29. In the Gregorian calendar, century years not divisible by 400 are Not leap years. Hence, in the century year 2000, a leap year will occur in both calendars. This will keep the two calendars 13 days apart. In the century year 2100 (NOT divisible by 400), the Gregorian calendar will not have a leap year and the Julian calendar will. After Feb 29, 2100, the two calendars will be 14 days apart.

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