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JAMA 100 Years Ago
March 7, 2012

A RATIONAL CALENDAR

JAMA. 2012;307(9):889. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.121

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The calendar and the hours of the day seem to most of us almost like part of the natural and immutable order of things, and however much trouble the present indefensible system has caused, men have felt that it was rash—almost impious—to suggest, a change in it. “Give us back our eleven days!” cried the mob when the Gregorian calendar was introduced into Great Britain. From the days of Julius Caesar to our own, he has been a bold reformer indeed who would suggest changes in the disorderly procession of the months. Now enters Moses B. Cotsworth of Victoria, B. C., with a proposal for a rational calendar. He would divide the year into thirteen months, each of twenty-eight days, which would leave one extra day in the year, and this he beautifully plans as a free day for every one—free from interest charges on money, the necessity to work, the wage scale, etc. Then each month would commence on Sunday and the first, eighth, fifteenth and twenty-second days of each month would be Sundays. President Hadley of Yale is quoted as saying that the month of four weeks “will come as a commercial necessity.” The adjustment to the change would be very small compared to that necessitated when standard time was introduced on transcontinental railways. Mr. Cotsworth has literature to distribute, poking fun at the present system. If he wins, school children need no longer learn: “Thirty days hath September.”

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