Excerpt from The Silent Secretary diary about Leap Year and the World Calendar:

Notes on Leap Year

The “map of time” for 1956 is a 366 day calendar that has been used only once before in this century (1928) and may never be used again. It is possible that by 1984, the next time the Leap Year beginning on Sunday is scheduled to occur, the proposed World Calendar may be in force, providing a new kind of Leap Year with a midsummer holiday as its extra day. If adopted by the governments of the civilized nations, the World Calendar would be inaugurated in a year like 1956, when the Gregorian calendar starts on a Sunday. Such a transition would avoid undue confusion.

The proposed World Calendar contains for identical quarters of 91 days, each beginning on a Sunday and ending on a Saturday. The first month of each quarter would have 31 days and the second and third months 30 days each. The 365th day, at the end of each regular year, would be “W” or Worldsday, a holiday following Saturday, December 30th and preceding Sunday, January 1st. In Leap Year, the extra day would be another World Holiday between Saturday, June 30th, and Sunday, July 1st. All months would have the same number of weekdays, and all dates in the calendar would fall on the same day of the week, every year. For example, January 5th would always be a Thursday, Thanksgiving would always be on November 23rd, and Christmas would always fall on Monday.

The World Calendar Association and other proponents of calendar reform have advocated 1961, the next year beginning on a Sunday, as the best time to bring the new system into effect.

Leap Year, as usual, is a presidential year in the US with the excitement of nominating conventions, and political campaigns preceding the general election on November 6th. For superstitious folks that had only one one Friday the 13th to fret about last year, there are three to contend with in 1956. Each page of the diary contains a “motto” for the day at the top.

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