The Internet is, as we all know, rife with errors. Many go uncorrected for years as long-abandoned blogs linger on with all their mistakes intact.
But poor research has been around a lot longer than the Web. Many books (remember books? They’re like Kindles, only made out of old bits of mashed up trees 🙂 ) also contain little gaffes and howlers. One such was a dusty old copy of ‘English Saga’, a history book by Arthur Bryant, which I found while browsing in the Waffle Library this afternoon. I’ve never read it all the way but have leafed through it a few times.
‘English Saga’, I noticed today, had a little inaccuracy in one chapter (I won’t send us all to sleep with the details) where a certain date is mentioned: Monday, February 22, 1848.
I had to read it twice just to be sure. Then I aha-ed (is that a verb? If not, it is now 🙂 ) in triumph. You old fool, Bryant, I thought. Feb 22, 1848 wasn’t a Monday. It was a Tuesday!
For a few years now, I have been amusing myself by trying to work out the day of various historical dates, and I now have three methods by which to achieve this. Careful though, if you want to look up how to do it, because some online tutorials do contain errors, including one I stumbled upon only yesterday.
Here’s the quickest way to work out past dates. If you like history you’ll love this especially.
Ready? Here goes. Continue reading “Fast way to find the day”