List of non-standard dates

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There are several non-standard dates that are used in calendars. Some are used sarcastically, some for scientific or mathematical purposes, and some for exceptional or fictional calendars.


January 0

January 0 or 0 January is an alternative name for December 31.

In an ephemeris

January 0 refers to the day before January 1 in an annual ephemeris. It keeps the date in the year for which the ephemeris was published, thus avoiding any reference to the previous year, even though it is the same day as December 31 of the previous year.

January 0 also occurs in the epoch for the ephemeris second, "1900 January 0 at 12 hours ephemeris time". [1] 1900 January 0 (at Greenwich Mean Noon) was also the epoch used by Newcomb's Tables of the Sun, which became the epoch for the Dublin Julian day. [2]

In software

In Microsoft Excel, the epoch of the 1900 date format is January 0, 1900. [3]

February 30

February 30 or 30 February is a date that does not occur on the Gregorian calendar, where the month of February contains only 28 days, or 29 days in a leap year. February 30 is usually used as a sarcastic date for referring to something that will never happen or will never be done. [4] However, this date did happen once on the Swedish calendar in 1712.

Swedish calendar

Swedish calendar for February 1712

February 30 was a real date in Sweden in 1712. [5]

Instead of changing from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar by omitting a block of consecutive days, as had been done in other countries, the Swedish Empire planned to change gradually by omitting all leap days from 1700 to 1740, inclusive. Although the leap day was omitted in February 1700, the Great Northern War began later that year, diverting the attention of the Swedes from their calendar so that they did not omit leap days on the next two occasions; 1704 and 1708 remained leap years. [6]

To avoid confusion and further mistakes, the Julian calendar was restored in 1712 by adding an extra leap day, thus giving that year the only known actual use of February 30 in a calendar. That day corresponded to February 29 in the Julian calendar and to March 11 in the Gregorian calendar. [6] [7]

The Swedish conversion to the Gregorian calendar was finally accomplished in 1753, when February 17 was followed by March 1. [6]

Reform calendars

Because evening out the months is a part of the rationale for reforming the calendar, some reform calendars, such as the World Calendar and the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, contain a 30 or 31-day February, while the Symmetry454 calendar contains a 35-day February.

Artificial calendars

Artificial calendars may also have 30 days in February. For example, in a climate model the statistics may be simplified by having 12 months of 30 days. The Hadley Centre General Circulation Model is an example. [8]

Fictional calendars

In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium, the Hobbits have developed the Shire Reckoning. According to Appendix D to The Lord of the Rings , this calendar has arranged the year neatly in 12 months of 30 days each, together with holidays that are assigned to no month. The month the Hobbits call Solmath is rendered in the text as February, and therefore the date February 30 exists in the narrative. [9]

February 30, 1951, is the last night of the world in Ray Bradbury's short story, "Last Night of the World". [10]


Soviet calendar

Although many sources erroneously state that 30-day months were used in the Soviet Union for part or all of the period from 1929 to 1940, the Soviet calendar with 5- and 6-day weeks was used only for assigning workdays and days of rest in factories. The traditional calendar remained for everyday use: surviving physical calendars from that period show only the irregular months of the Gregorian calendar, including a 28- or 29-day February, so there was never a February 30 in the Soviet Union.

Early Julian calendar

The thirteenth-century scholar Johannes de Sacrobosco claimed that in the Julian calendar February had 30 days in leap years from 45 BC until 8 BC, when Augustus allegedly shortened February by one day to give that day to the month of August named after him so that it had the same length as the month of July named after his adoptive father, Julius Caesar. However, all historical evidence refutes Sacrobosco, including dual dates with the Alexandrian calendar.

February 31

February 31 or 31 February is exceptionally used on gravestones when the date is unknown, [11] or in one case out of superstition. [12]

It is also used (along with February 32 and February 33) for calculating weather data. [13]

March 0

March 0 or 0 March is an alternative name for the last day of February as a way of allowing for the fact that its number of days varies in leap years. It is used most often in astronomy, software engineering, [14] and Doomsday Algorithm calculations.

May 35

May 35 or 35 May is used in mainland China to avoid censorship when referring to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, where the official names are strictly censored by the Communist government, and the event is normally referred to as June 4. [15] It is also used in the title of The 35th of May, or Conrad's Ride to the South Seas , a German children's novel published in 1931.

June 31

June 31 is a fictional date in the Soviet film 31 June .

December 32

December 32 or 32 December is the date of Hogswatchnight in Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. It has also been used as a title for various works.

See also


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  2. Ransom, Jr., David H. (November 19, 1989). "Program ASTROCLK: Astronomical Clock and Celestial Tracking Program with Celestial Navigation". p. 110.
  3. Lowe, Scott (May 11, 2007). "How do I... Perform basic formatting in Excel 2003?". TechRepublic .
  4. "Thirty Days Hath February 2000?". Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2013.
  5. "February 30 Was a Real Date". Retrieved April 25, 2016.
  6. 1 2 3 Bauer, R. W. (1868). Calender for Aarene fra 601 til 2200. Copenhagen, Denmark: Dansk Historisk Fællesråd (1993 reprint). p. 100. ISBN   87-7423-083-2.
  7. Vallerius, Johannes (1711). Allmanach på åhret effter Christi födelse 1712. Lund, Sweden.
  8. "Hadley Centre: GDT netCDF conventions". 22 November 2005. Archived from the original on 22 November 2005. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  9. Tolkien, J. R. R. (1965). "Appendix D". The Return of the King (2nd ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co. ISBN   978-0-395-08256-0.
  10. "A Classic Ray Bradbury Esquire Story". 6 June 2012. Retrieved 21 March 2017.
  12. Troy Taylor (2005). Weird Illinois. Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. p. 212.
  13. J. D. Everett (1863). "Description of a method of Reducing Observations of Temperature". The American Journal of Science and Arts. S. Converse: 23.
  14. "China tightens information controls for Tiananmen anniversary". The Age. Australia. Agence France-Presse. June 4, 2009. Retrieved November 3, 2010.