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The Reform of the Calendar

Nature volume 104, pages 415416 (25 December 1919) | Download Citation



THOSE who have concerned themselves with the question of a reformed calendar will find much interesting matter in a reportl published by a committee which was appointed early in the year by the Paris Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie nationale. In 1884 the Abbé Croze, chaplain of La Roquette prison, suggested a competition of schemes to M. Flammarion's journal, L'Astronomie, and presented anonymously prizes to the value of 5000 francs, with the rather incompatible conditions that the first day of the year should be always a Sunday, and that the week of seven days and the year of twelve months should be retained. From that time until the outbreak of war, enthusiasts had been making proposals, and, though they had reached little agreement among themselves, they had succeeded in 1910 in inducing the International Congress of Chambers of Commerce at London to pass a resolution in favour of reform, and the Swiss Government to promise diplomatic action. The projects have been reported from time to time in these columns. Since the close of the war, proposals of the kind have been renewed, and the report of the French committee is a useful document.


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    "Commission pour la réforme du calendrier". Bulletin de la Société d'Encouragement pour l'Industrie nationale, tome cxxxi., p. 70.

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