In 46 B.C. Julius Caesar, ruler of the Roman Empire, designated January 1st as the first day of the year.  Before that New Years Day was  March 1st more in accordance with the coming of spring.

The Julian calendar sought to correct previous calendars by adding extra leap year days in February every 4 years.  It erred from the actual solar year by only 11 ½ minutes per year!   Not bad!

Not bad except that 1,620 years later, around 1580, the calendar was off by a full ten days.  So Pope Gregory XIII commissioned a calendar update that determined there would be no leap years in turn-of-the-century years that are not divisible by 400. 

Thus, since 1582, when the Gregorian calendars first hit the super-markets, the years 1600, and 2000 have kept their extra leap year day.  The years 1700, 1800, and 1900 lost theirs but most of us weren’t around to notice!  

Plus, the Gregorian calendar only misses the actual solar year by 26 seconds.  Excellent work for 1582 pre-atomic clock, and such, calculating! 

So, here’s the good news!

        1. We’ll not lose another day for another 2889 years or so!

        2. We’ll not lose another leap year day until 2100!   and…

        3. We’ll not lose another minute all this year, or next!

Good news for time management buffs! 

May you have the year, day, minute, and time of your life in 2011!