Published 2011 Revised 2012
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
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.
|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?