Today in 1572, Pope Gregory XIII issued a papal decree shortening the year by 10 minutes, 48 seconds exactly - and the Gregorian calendar was born.
The old calendar had been inherited from Julius Caesar, whose calendar allowed precisely 365 and a quarter days for each year, with a leap year every four years. Unfortunately that left almost 11 minutes in every year unaccounted for, and over the centuries, the date of events like the equinox had slipped by more than a week. Gregory's solution? To add ten days to the current date, and make all years that are exactly divisible by four a leap year.
As it still amazes us what a difference those few ticks of the clock can make, we are drinking a Tiki Max.
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