The Gregorian calendar is internationally the most widely used civil calendar. It is named after Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582.
The calendar was a refinement to the Julian calendar involving a 0.002% correction in the length of the year. The motivation for the reform was to stop the drift of the calendar with respect to the equinoxes and solstices-particularly the northern vernal equinox, which helps set the date for Easter. Transition to the Gregorian calendar would restore the holiday to the time of the year in which it was celebrated when introduced by the early Church. The reform was adopted initially by the Catholic countries of Europe. Protestants and Eastern Orthodox countries continued to use the traditional Julian calendar and adopted the Gregorian reform after a time, at least for civil purposes and for the sake of convenience in international trade. The last European country to adopt the reform was Greece, in 1923. Many (but not all) countries that have traditionally used the Islamic and other religious calendars have come to adopt this calendar for civil purposes.
Mark. was first and correct with:
Most people use the Gregorian calendar, at least for doing business.
The Gregorian calandar. When the North American British colonies adopted it in 1752, it caused George Washington to 'lose' his 20th birthday because of the discrepancy between the Julian and Gregorian calandars.
hmmm... tough one
I'm going to guess
Gary Larson's FAR SIDE calendar
Billy in Cypress wrote:
The Gregorian calendar is the most widely used civil calendar. This calendar has been used for more than 500 years, but may be replaced by the hugely popular Trumpian calendar based on the whims of CpPDJT-ID in which year zero will begin on January 20, 2017 A.D. and renamed Trumpary 1, 0001 A.T. in the style of the old kings and emperors.
DJ Useo said:
We're currently employing the super-antique Gregorian calendar, named after some guy called "Greg".I guess it works okay,
But since Obama used it, trump will get rid of it soon, & replace it with the "bigly" calendar.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
It's the Gregorian calendar, because, let's face it - once the Europeans adopted it, everybody else had to play ball...
Joe S answered:
The Gregorian Calendar, for what it's worth.
The following has nothing to do with the question, it's just an observation.
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Michael Egan, a cartoonist, joins the e-page, starting tomorrow.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH'NCIS: The Expendable One', then a FRESH'Madam Secretary', followed by a FRESH'Elementary'.
NBC opens the night with a RERUN'Little Hot Shots', followed by a FRESH'Little Hot Shots', then a FRESH'Chicago Justice', followed by a FRESH'Shades Of Blue'.
ABC begins the night with a FRESH'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH'Match Game', followed by a FRESH'American Crime'.
The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux has a RERUN'Bob's Burgers', followed by a FRESH'Bob's Burgers', then a FRESH'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH'Making History', then a FRESH'Family Guy', followed by a FRESH'The Last Man On Earth'.
MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.
AMC offers the movie 'Sherlock Holmes', 'Into The Badlands', another 'Into The Badlands', followed by a FRESH'Into The Badlands', then a FRESH'Talking With Chris Hardwicke'.
[6:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Living With Predators - Conservation
[7:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
[8:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
[9:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-In The Grip of Seasons - Arctic
[10:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Race Against Time - Coasts
[11:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
[12:00PM] JURASSIC PARK (1993)
[3:00PM] THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997)
[6:00PM] JURASSIC PARK III (2001)
[8:00PM] JURASSIC PARK (1993)
[11:00PM] THE LOST WORLD: JURASSIC PARK (1997)
[2:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
[3:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-In The Grip of Seasons - Arctic (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has has a FRESH'Atlanta Social', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Potomac', another 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 2½ hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Office Space'.
FX has the movie 'Taken 2', followed by the movie 'Taken 3', then the movie 'Taken 3', again.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then the FRESH'Superheroes Decoded'.
[7:45AM] BROCKMIRE-Winning Streak
[8:15AM] BROCKMIRE-Kangaroo Court
[9:15AM] BROCKMIRE-Breakout Year
[9:45AM] DUE DATE
[11:45AM] BRUCE ALMIGHTY
[2:00PM] THE PATRIOT
[5:15AM] BROCKMIRE-Breakout Year
[5:45AM] COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Robert Kirkman (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:30AM] Ocean's Eleven
[10:30AM] Cahill U.S. Marshall
[1:00PM] The Outlaw Josey Wales
[4:00PM] Death Sentence
[6:30PM] Gone Baby Gone
[9:00PM] The Rainmaker
[12:00AM] The Rainmaker
[3:00AM] Hap and Leonard-The Dive
[4:00AM] Hap and Leonard-Trudy
[5:00AM] Hap and Leonard-War (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The November Man', followed by the movie 'Skyfall'.
A protester in a costume depicting Trump sets an Earth on a tee as he holds a golf club while joining demonstrators moving down Pennsylvania Avenue during a People's Climate March, to protest Donald Trump's stance on the environment, in Washington, U.S., April 29, 2017.
Photo by Mike Theiler
National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre (R-Too Mentally Unstable For The Draft) urged gun owners to stand up to "academic elites, political elites and media elites" at the annual NRA convention in Atlanta on Friday, deeming those three groups to be "America's greatest domestic threats."
"They'll seemingly stop at nothing, including tearing apart our country," said LaPierre (R-Draft Dodger), the NRA's executive vice president and CEO. "If we don't stand up to them, and I mean now, an entire generation of Americans could be lost and our nation along with them."
LaPierre's call to action preceded Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) speech at the convention - the first by a U.S. president since Ronald Reagan - and echoed the equally ominous remarks he delivered at the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier this year.
There, LaPierre had warned of a sprawling "enemy," including Mexican drug cartels, terrorists, liberal protesters and the mainstream media, who, he claimed, are "utterly dedicated to destroy not only our country but also Western civilization."
A demonstrator chants during "100 Days of Failure" protest and march, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in New York. Thousands of people across the U.S. are marking President Donald Trump's hundredth day in office by marching in protest of his environmental policies.
Photo by Mary Altaffer
The Environmental Protection Agency removed portions of its website related to climate change on Friday evening ? hours before thousands were set to protest Donald Trump's (R-Tiny Hands) environmental policy.
Sections dealing with climate change were only part of what is being reviewed, the agency said in a Friday press release. The EPA was making the changes "reflect the approach of new leadership," it said.
As EPA renews its commitment to human health and clean air, land, and water, our website needs to reflect the views of the leadership of the agency," said J.P. Freire, the EPA's associate administrator for public affairs, in a statement. "We want to eliminate confusion by removing outdated language first and making room to discuss how we're protecting the environment and human health by partnering with states and working within the law."
The EPA made the changes to reflect the agency's "new direction" under Trump and Administrator Scott Pruitt. Trump has suggested that climate change is a hoax and Pruitt has repeatedly how much human beings are contributing to it.
But the science on climate change is overwhelmingly clear. Ninety-seven of actively publishing climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends are extremely likely due to human activity.
It didn't take long for the controversial new editorial writer a the New York Times to deliver the goods - the goods in this case being tired and weak excuses for why mainstream media publications should give credence to climate change deniers.
On Friday afternoon, the Times published the first column from Bret Stephens, in which he argues "ordinary citizens also have a right to be skeptical of an overweening scientism" in relation to climate change.
While the Times doesn't seem to have any writers extolling the flat earth theory or delving into the issues around chemtrails, it saw fit to recently hire Stephens, a noted conservative writer, best known in the science community for his climate change denial.
He didn't waste any time. And the Times clearly saw an opportunity, finding it necessary not just to publish the column but also send a push alert about it.
Yes, the new conservative writer started off by trolling his audience while also constructing a laughable straw man argument. In Stephens's world, "data" is all the same and anyone who can add together numbers is a scientist who should be taken with a grain of salt.
If Donald Trump (R-Grifter) goes golfing to celebrate his 100th day in office, it will mark his 17th golf trip in the 14 weeks since his inauguration.
Mr Trump, who regularly criticised former President Barack Obama for the amount of time he spent golfing, has so far taken 16 different trips to golf courses.
CNN reported Mr Trump had visited the golf course 13 times by 28 March. On 2 April, photographers captured the president hitting the links with Senator Paul Rand. The next weekend, pool reporters reported Mr Trump visited Trump International Golf Club in Florida. One week later , Mr Trump was back at the same course.
Many of these trips, of course, span several days. Mr Trump had spent 19 separate days at the golf course by the end of his 13th week in office, according to a New York Times tally. That puts his number of days spent on the course ahead of the past three US presidents - combined.
Mr Obama increased the number of days he spent golfing after his first 100 days, eventually racking up 333 rounds of golf in his eight years as president. If Mr Trump were to continue his golfing habit for an eight-year term, he would play more than 600.
The British Government was passed the dossier detailing alleged collusion between the Kremlin and Donald Trump (R-Crooked) back in December, it has emerged.
The collection of memos, which alleges the existence of a Russian programme "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Mr Trump to the presidency, was compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele.
It was known to have circulated among intelligence officials and top politicians in Washington, and the Guardian now reports that Mr Steele's court filings state he shared the memo with a British "national security official" in their official capacity.
A pair of participants chant in front of the White House in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017, during a demonstration and march. Thousands of people gathered across the country to march in protest of Donald Trump's environmental policies, which have included rolling back restrictions on mining, oil drilling and greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The demonstrators sat down for 100 seconds to mark President Trump's first 100 days in office.
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Turkey has blocked online encyclopaedia Wikipedia, the telecommunications watchdog said on Saturday, citing a law allowing it to ban access to websites deemed obscene or a threat to national security.
The move is likely to further worry rights groups and Turkey's Western allies, who say Ankara has sharply curtailed freedom of speech and other basic rights in the crackdown that followed last year's failed coup.
"After technical analysis and legal consideration ... an administrative measure has been taken for this website (Wikipedia.Org)," the BTK telecommunications watchdog said in a statement on its website.
It cited a law that allows it to block access to individual web pages or entire websites for the protection of public order, national security or the well-being of the public.
Turkey's communications ministry said Wikipedia was attempting to run a "smear campaign" against Turkey, saying some articles purported that Ankara was coordinating with militant groups, state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
His "FAKE NEWS" tweets don't rocket like they once did. His exclamation points (!) don't excite quite the same old way.
Donald Trump's (R-Fabulist) 140-character volleys helped define the first 100 days of his presidency. But the traction on his medium of choice has slipped a bit as his tone and button-pushing tendencies have cooled.
The number of people engaging with Trump on Twitter - through likes, retweets, quotes and replies - has gradually declined, according to an Associated Press analysis of his feed and the users who read, react and propel his words throughout the Twittersphere.
The analysis, conducted in partnership with the media analytics nonprofit Cortico, found other clear trends:
Men are more likely than women to retweet Trump. Left-leaning users are more likely than right-leaning ones to reply - often with commentary. Even with the recent tapering off, bursts with exclamation points or capital letters get more favorites and retweets. Tweets mentioning "Russia" or "fake news" spark far more interaction than those that don't.
Deonstrators march across Fifth Avenue during "100 Days of Failure" protest and march, Saturday, April 29, 2017, in New York. Thousands of people across the U.S. are marking President Donald Trump's hundredth day in office by marching in protest of his environmental policies.
Photo by Mary Altaffer
Two conservative journalists have sparked outcry on social media by making what some have interpreted as a white supremacist hand symbol at a recent visit to the White House.
Freelance journalist Mike Cernovich and Cassandra Fairbanks, a reporter for Russian news outlet Sputnik, posed for a picture behind the podium in the White House briefing room. In the photo, they are making a hand sign that can be used to signify "white power."
"Just two people doing a white power hand gesture in the White House," Fusion senior reporter Emma Roller tweeted, alongside a screenshot of the picture.
Ms Fairbanks joined notoriety when she moved from supporting Senator Bernie Sanders to supporting Mr Trump for president. She now frequently speaks out against Islamic terrorism and the Black Lives Matter movement. Her employer, Sputnik, applied for White House press credentials last month.
Mr Cernovich is the founder of the men's rights blog Danger & Play, and author of the book "MAGA Mindset: Making YOU and America Great Again." He received White House press credentials on 25 April.
Aurora, a seven-year-old female polar bear, jumps into a swimming pool which was recently filled with water after the winter season, at the Royev Ruchey zoo in a suburb of the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia, April 24, 2017.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin
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