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Pay for a day that does not exist


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The tiny South Pacific nation of Samoa will jump forward in time as it crosses westward over the international dateline to align itself with its other 21st century trading partners throughout the region.

At the stroke of midnight on December 29, time in Samoa will leap forward to December 31 - New Year's Eve. For Samoa's 186,000 citizens, Friday, December 30, 2011, will simply cease to exist.

Under a government decree, all those scheduled to work on the nonexistent Friday will be given full pay for the missed day of labour.


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near Boston Lincolnshire
I reckon the Samoans got quite a good deal in this change over with all the modern methods of communication available to them

When Britain changed from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian Calender there would have been much confusion. The change over occured in 3 phases

December 31st 1750 was followed by 1st January 1750
March 24th 1750 was followed by 25th March 1751
December 31st 1751 was followed by 1st January 1752

That manoevre brought the begining of a year back to 1st of January rather than 25th March October 8 November 9 December 10 was how these months got their names January was the 11 month and February was the 12.

Finally to get the days right, 11 days were "lost" in September 1752 when the 2nd of September was followed by the 14th September 1752

I doubt many got paid for those 11 days.

These dates remain very important in family history and are often a source of great confusion to those whose trees go back to before the 1750s


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