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WALES: How calendar quirk works.

THE leap year - adding up to a total 366 days - keeps the calendar year correctly attuned to the seasons.

The Earth takes the rather fiddly sum of 365.256 days to do one complete orbit of the sun.

In 46 BC Julius Caesar oversaw the introduction of the Julian calendar which incorporated the leap year.

The Gregorian calendar included leap years and another rule that would cancel some leap years ending in 00 to make it more accurate.

This means that 1984 and 2000 were leap years but not 1900.

The Orthodox Church of Russia still maintains the Julian calendar for theological reasons.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Article Type:Calendar
Date:Mar 1, 2008
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