"depending on which calendar you are using, Washington was born on both Feb. 11, 1731, and Feb. 22, 1732. They were the same day. ...
This may sound goofy and old-timey, like bleeding or quill pens, but the modern American government made its own awkward calendar change as recently as 1971, with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. That officially changed the holiday marking Washington’s birthday to the third Monday in February. Depending on the year, the holiday falls anywhere between Feb. 15 and Feb. 21.Continue reading this story (subscription maybe required)
It never falls on Washington’s actual birthday, regardless of which calendar you use."
|George Washington in an engraving from 1859. (iStock)|
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