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Proposed New Calendar Would Fix Dates

BALTIMORE, Dec. 27 (UPI) — Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore proposed a calendar they say results in each date falling on the same day of the week from year to year.

Richard Conn Henry, an astrophysicist, and Steve H. Hanke, an economist, say each 12-month period in their new calendar is identical to the one that came before — a consistency that will remain in perpetuity.

Under the Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar, if Christmas falls on a Sunday — as it did in 2011 — it will fall on a Sunday every year indefinitely.

Adopting the new calendar would require some changes, such as dispensing with the old rhyme “30 days hath September, April, June and November.” September would have 31 days, as would March, June and December, while all the rest — including February — would have 30.

The Hanke-Henry Permanent Calendar is an improvement on the dozens of rival reform calendars offered in the past, the researchers said said.

“Attempts at reform have failed in the past because all of the major ones have involved breaking the seven-day cycle of the week, which is not acceptable to many people because it violates the fourth commandment about keeping the Sabbath day,” Henry said. “Our version never breaks that cycle.”

Other events — like birthdays and holidays, including work holidays — also would fall on the same day of the week every year, they said.

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