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There is a mathematical method for working out what day of the week each particular date fell on back as far as 1700. I wonder what day it was on Christmas Day in 1801. Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon on July 21st 1969  what day of the week was it? What day of the week were you born on? Test your parents' memory! You can also go into the future. What day will your birthday be on in ten
years?
You need to know the year, month and day of the month. You need the special numbers listed below. And you need to follow the steps.
Month Numbers  Century Numbers  Day Numbers  
If it's a leap year, January is 0 and February is 3 


Here are the steps, with an example to test it out.
I know my daughter was born on Wednesday October 1st 1986.
Steps  Example 
Step 1: Take the last two digits of the year (1986)  86 
Step 2: Divide this by 4 and ignore any remainder (86/4 = 21 rem 2)  21 
Step 3: Find the month number (October)  1 
Step 4: Add the day number (1st) to the numbers found in Steps 1 to 3.  1 + 86 + 21 + 1 = 109 
Step 5: Divide the answer by 7. If the remainder is 0, use 7 for the remainder number  109/7 = 15 rem 4 
Step 6: Find the century number  0 
Step 7: Add the remainder number from Step 5 to the century number  4 + 0 = 4 
Step 8: Match this number to a day on the Day Number chart  It's Wednesday! 
Mmmmmm . I wonder how it all works?