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Happy Magna Carta Day ... Or Is It???


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Poll: What (week) Day Magna Carta signed (2 member(s) have cast votes)

What day of the week was 15th June 1215?

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#1 wizardfromoz

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Posted 15 June 2015 - 08:33 PM

Monday 15th June 2015 is being celebrated worldwide as the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta by King John of England.

 

Some pundits say that 15th June 1215 was actually a Monday.

 

I am hoping I have got this Poll business working but I am not sure, as the Preview Pane function does not reveal it.

 

If not, what weekday do YOU think it was, and why?

 

I will leave this for a indeterminate time to get responses, and post my answer.

 

Enjoy

 

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 10:41 AM

The day of the week it actually occurred on depends on which calender someone used to determine the day of the week.

In 1215 the Julian calender was in use.

The Gregorian calendar, which is used today by most countries, was introduced in 1582.

I won't go into why the Gregorian calender came about; if interested you can look it up yourself.

I will say that the Julian calender is currently 13 days behind the Gregorian calendar.

Since I don't know how many days behind (or if was behind) it was when the so-called experts declared that June 15, 1215 was Monday, it is possible they used the Gregorian calender and failed to take into account what the day of the week was on the Julian calender, if that date was NOT on a Monday.

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 02:21 PM

Does it really matter what day in June?

August – King John of England rejects the Magna Carta, leading to the First Barons' War

August 24 – Pope Innocent III declares the Magna Carta invalid.

December – First Barons' War: Alexander II of Scotland invades northern England.

Looks like it wasn't worth the parchment it was scrawled on?

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1215

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 03:15 PM

Gregorian calendar it was a Sunday: http://5ko.free.fr/en/year.php?y=1215

Julian calendar it was a Monday: http://5ko.free.fr/en/jul.php?y=1215

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 03:54 PM

Thank you, Animal. I searched for that information and did not find it.

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Posted 16 June 2015 - 04:04 PM

Guess I did learn something after all, from the Google power user course I took a couple of years ago.... :P

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 04:13 AM

Wow, two high-powered entries already to input to this topic/poll (which I see does work, lol). Keep 'em comin'!

 

Thanks dudette and dude (ladies first) for the contributions.

 

Both are right on the money with info about the Julian and Gregorian calendars, I believe.

 

Hint

 

What is one of the basic differences between the two calendars, vis-a-vis Leap Years? This for those inclined to work out the answer mathematically.

 

I believe that Animal's hyperlink URL was one of the "pundits" I referred to above,but I cannot verify yet as I cannot, for some reason access their site currently.

 

If you think you have the answer, remember to vote.

 

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