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Washington’s Birthday – 22 February 2007
According to the Julian calendar, George Washington was born on 11
February 1732, twenty years before the introduction of the Gregorian
Calendar (named after Pope Gregory XIII) in 1752, which moved the
calendar ahead 11 days, making the 11th of February the 22nd of
February. The change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar was
intended to more accurately reflect a solar year.
George Washington’s Birthday –
February 22, 1732
By Mary T. Hoffman
George Washington was born on this day,
And there are many who say
He was a good and honest youth
Who readily confessed the truth:
“I cannot tell a lie,” said he.
“I’ve cut down the cherry tree.”
This legend is one that I was told
When I was in school and not very old.
I hope today’s children are taught to see
That honesty’s still the best policy.
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful. At the
same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the
world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true
peace and compassion.
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