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So, why does February have 28 days?

February 26, 2013
By Shyla Stump of Thomas Nelson HS



Why does February only have 28 days when every other month has 30 or 31 days? It’s a question that we have all wondered once or twice. The answer is simple, the Romans. Our modern day calendar is based upon their old one. The old calendar was made by the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius, and had 364 day, which closely resembles the lunar calendar. In that calendar February was set to be the last month of the year. Because every other month had 30 or 31 days and giving February 30 days would make the calendar have 367 days, February got the short end of the stick and only has 28 days (except on leap years). 


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