The Common Civil Calendar and Time

By on January 5, 2005

Dick Henry, a Professor at Johns Hopkins University, has a problem with the Gregorian Calendar System. His beef with the 365 day year is that it horks up the class schedules he prints up for his students, what with the dates ending up on different days of the week from one year to the next.

His solution? Rewrite the calendar. His proposed 364 day calendar has twelve months, with either 30 or 31 days in each, plus a bonus “Newton” week every five or six years.

The more I think about it, the more the idea grows on me… Christmas and January 1 will always be on a Sunday; no more trying to remember the tricks to help remember which months hath 31 days and which don’t; no more buying a new calendar every year; you could paint one on the wall instead.

His proposal doesn’t stop with the calendar; he also contends that we should be using a common 24-hour time system — Universal Time — so that when it’s 1200 in Sioux Falls, SD, it’s also 1200 in Timbuktu. One aspect of this concept might give me some trouble; 1200 would be the equivalent of 6am Central Standard Time (near as I can figure at this time of day.)



  1. “Christmas and January 1 will always be on a Sunday”

    What about my day(s) off, then? Having both holidays on saturday this year was a bummer already.

  2. actually, when they came up with the christian calendar as it is now…they miscalculated.

    it should be 2009 right now. (Christ was born in 4 BC).

    or at least, that is what the History Channel told me :)

  3. This has been tried before. This guy’s approach is different because he maintains the seven day week, which keeps the Sabbath holy or something. But still, there have been alternate calendars around for hundreds of years. None have ever caught on, and I doubt they ever will.

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