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The local transition from the Julian to the Gregorian Calendar

Area	               last Julian    followed by first Gregorian
----	               -----------    ----------------------------
Spain                   4 Oct 1582     15 Oct 1582
Portugal                4 Oct 1582     15 Oct 1582
Italy*                  4 Oct 1582     15 Oct 1582
France
Germany:
- Catholic lands       21 Dec 1582      1 Jan 1583
- Cologne Diocese       3 Nov 1583     14 Nov 1583
- Munster Diocese      16 Nov 1583     27 Nov 1583
- Protestant lands     18 Feb 1700      1 Mar 1700
England                 2 Sep 1752     14 Sep 1752
Ireland                 2 Sep 1752     14 Sep 1752
The Netherlands:
- Staten Generaal,
  Brabant, Zeeland      14 Dec 1582    25 Dec 1582
- Southern Netherlands  20 Dec 1582    31 Dec 1582**
                        21 Dec 1582     1 Jan 1583
- Liege Diocese         10 Feb 1583    21 Feb 1583
- Groningen Province    10 Feb 1583    21 Feb 1583***
- Groningen City        28 Feb 1583    11 Mar 1583
   
*    Some exceptions
**   This + Liege would cover most of the territory that is now Belgium.
     Two different laws, each with a different date were decreed.
***  Julian calendar re-introduced in 1594

The above are "official dates". In general, the introduction of the new calendar was a gradual thing. Some clerks or priests continued to use the old calendar for quite some time. Nothing is easy in history, and it is never good to generalize.

Source: Donald VANDECANDELAERE, "De Tijdrekening", Roeselare: Uitgeverij Familia et Patria, 1988.


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