FROM TODAY'S PRINT EDITIONS:
Today is George Washington’s REAL birthday. Right? Well, sort of. Our first president was actually born on Feb. 11, 1732.
But in 1752, the American colonies finally switched from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar, and everyone skipped ahead 11 days. So George began celebrating on the 22nd.
In 1971, most states, including Maryland, swept George’s day, and Abe’s, into President’s Day, marked on the third Monday in February.
But federal agencies, by law, still call the Monday holiday “Washington’s Birthday.”
(PHOTO: Baltimore Museum of Art)