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Quotes of the Day for 24 February 2003 – Calendar

It was on 24 February 1582 that Pope Gregory XIII issued his bull regarding the calendar, proclaiming that all catholics should abandon the Julian calendar on 4 October of that year. The choice of October was based on the paucity of religious commemorations in that month, a benefit that was missed by France who waited until the end of the year and skipped Christmas completely by jumping from 21 December 1582 to 1 January 1583! Only Italy, Spain, and Portugal managed to make the change on the pope's schedule, it actually took until the last century for the change to be universally made, with Russia adopting it in 1917 and China in 1949. The change was a good plan, Julius Caesar's calendar was getting progressively less accurate, but it's confusing for students of history. For example, 521 years ago today, the date was 13 February, and for dates between Julius' era and Gregory's, it's hard to know which system is being used.

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The quotes:

It seems to me that the coming of love is like the coming of spring - the date is not to be reckoned by the calendar.
     - Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, 1803 - 1873

There cannot be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
     - Henry Alfred Kissinger

The rule on staying alive as a forcaster is to give 'em a number or give 'em a date, but never give 'em both at once.
     - Jane Bryant Quinn

There'll be two dates on your tombstone
And all your friends will read 'em
But all that's gonna matter
is that little dash between 'em.
     - Kevin Welch

I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.
     - Robert Brault


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