John Wheeler: Talk of a new World Calendar has faded
This calendar was designed so that every day each year would fall on the same weekday.
FARGO — Why is February such a short month? Why are there consecutive 31-day months back to back at the end of summer? These irregularities of the Gregorian Calendar stem from compromises made when fixing issues with earlier calendars. During the 1930s and 1940s, there was growing support for a World Calendar.
This calendar was designed so that every day each year would fall on the same weekday. Jan. 1 would always be Sunday. January, April, July, and October would each have 31 days. All the other months would have 30. Every year following Dec. 31, there would be a day called World Day which would be a world holiday and would not be any of the days of the week. There would still be a need for a Leap Day, which would be inserted after the end of June only in Leap Years, and this day would also not count as a day of the week.