Happy Birthday, George! Our first (and maybe best) President.
Actually, his official birthday is February 22 (1732), but since we celebrate “Presidents’ Day” today (government workers need that 3-day weekend, after all), I am wishing George a happy 287th birthday today. The fact is that George was born February 11 (which it was in 1732) which BECAME February 22. Tara Ross explains:
The holiday has a complicated history—beginning with a complicated birthday. Did you know that George Washington (sort of) has two birthdays? During his lifetime, the British Empire switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar. The new calendar more closely mimicked the timing of one Earth orbit around the Sun. But it also changed Washington’s birthday from February 11 to February 22.
How odd to suddenly start celebrating your birthday 11 days later than you used to, just because some government official somewhere made a change? 🙂