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Remember the wrong date?

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Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason, why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot

So in the year 1605, Fawkes plotted with associates the dastedly deed to demolish a one-time reverential building.  How strange we celebrate by burning a villain, hmm, not very humanitarian in this politically correct era.  The Hague and Human Rights Act would have something to say about this.  In fact I am surprised that Europe has not already banned it.

My query is this, as with anything that is historically day date specific, when nations, politics and religion switched from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian Calendar, which date are we celebrating?  November 5th 1605, is that the Gregorian date or Julian date?  Should we technically be celebrating this cremation on the 15th?

This throws up another query. There is an odd grave plate in Norwich Cathedral for Elizabeth Bacon, born 13th April 1736 died 20th February 1736.  It is put down to the changes between calendars but everything I have read has marked the difference as a few days, nowhere near a month.

 curiouser and curiouser.

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