June 15, 2005

June 15, 1215

On this date, King John signed the Magna Carta, early ancestor to the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

Posted by Jennifer at June 15, 2005 10:35 AM


Here's a question for you.

When you (or the various sources) say that "on this day in 1215" or whatever, has that date been adjusted for the change in calender circa 1755(?) in the States (colonies actually)?

I know that various countries adopted the calender change in different years, 'cause of the Pope and all that, and I've been wondering.

By the way, did you know that many people refused to switch calenders because they thought they were having days taken off their lives?

Posted by: Paul at June 15, 2005 11:30 AM

Well, Paul, I don't think it matters. Its a convention. There is no way to say unambiguously what day it was 790 years ago. Depends on your definition of "day", and also on your definition of "year".

Posted by: Paige at June 16, 2005 06:57 PM

And on your definition of "was". ;P

Posted by: Tuning Spork at June 28, 2005 10:52 PM