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The U.S. National Academy and Calendar Reform

Nature volume 149, page 523 (09 May 1942) | Download Citation



A POLL of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences indicates a three-to-one preponderance of opinion in favour of a calendar reform which would 'even up' the lengths of the months, giving each twenty-six working days and having each month begin on a Sunday. The ballot was conducted by Prof. W. E. Castle, of the University of California, Berkeley. He received responses from 168 of them, or more than half the membership of the Academy. Of those answering, 76 per cent favoured the change, 10 per cent opposed, and 14 per cent were undecided. Of those who favoured the change, 58 per cent wanted it initiated in 1945, which is the next year that begins on a Sunday ; 42 per cent were against this unless the War ends soon enough.

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