January 1, 1753

January 1, 1753 was the first New Year’s Day on January 1 celebrated in the English Colonies in America.  Britain finally adopted the Gregorian Calendar, after almost two centuries of resistance to embracing this “popish” innovation, in 1752 when September 2, 1752 was followed by September 14, 1752.  The New Year, which had previously begun on March 25, would now begin on January 1.  All American school children owe a debt of gratitude to the fact that this change occurred prior to the American Revolution, so they are not plagued with distinguishing Old Style dates under the Julian calendar from New Style dates under the Gregorian calendar in that conflict.  An extra reason to celebrate today!

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