Back in 2010, the Canadian music legend Stompin’ Tom Connors agreed to share his 3000-year calendar with the readers of HARROWSMITH’S TRULY CANADIAN ALMANAC. He was a fan of the Almanac and a true Canadian hero. We will miss him. This is the calendar he created, one “that is truly perpetual and complete, totally accurate for all practical day and date calculations from the time of Christ to AD 3200.”
And here are his own instructions for immediate use:
“With a bit of practice,” he said, “you’ll be able to operate the calendar at a glance, revealing to all your friends the actual day they were born on.”
To find the name of the day of the week for any given date, you must first, of course, have a date. Let’s pick July 22, 1895.
The number of centuries that have gone by is 18, and the number of years is 95.
Look for 18 in the Century Box on the calendar and move to the right along the row it’s situated on, until you come to the column in which the 95 is situated in the Years Chart A. Your finger should now be resting on a “3” which is your key number for going to the next chart, called the Month Chart B.
You will now notice that Chart B has a left side composed of all letters that represent Leap Years, and a right side composed of all numbers representing Regular Years.
We now look for your key number “3” in the January Column of Regular Years in Chart B and from the “3” we follow the row to the right until we come to the column which contains July, and here we find a “2.”
The “2” now is your key number for going to the Day Chart C and there on the far left we find a column of letters and numbers called the Day Code.
We now find your key number “2” in the Day Code and we move along this row to the right until we come to the number 22. And there at the top of the column which contains the number 22 is “M” for Monday.
So July 22, 1895 was a Monday. Ta-da!
- Always remember that Key Letters (in the Years Chart A) represent Leap Years, so you must go to the left side of the Month Chart B, and Key Numbers represent Regular Years, so you must go to the right side of the Month Chart B.
- Once you have found your Key Letter or Key Number in the Years Chart A, and the date you’re looking for is in January of any year, you can bypass the Month Chart B altogether, and go directly to the Day Code in the Day Chart C. (This quick method is only good for January and no other months.)