Photos & Story – Joseph Boyle
When I wrote my last calendar piece titled “Mutant Calendar”, (September 9, 2012), I promised to double back and share some educational information with you regarding the Julian calendar.
For those of you who might not be familiar with the Julian calendar date system, Julius Caesar devised the concept in 46 B.C. with an effective date of 45 BC.
Each day is assigned a specific 1-3 digit number. This is true all the way through the year.
For example the Julian calendar date for January 1, 2012 is 1 or 001. Since 2012 is a Leap Year, the last day of the year, December 31, 2012, is assigned the Julian calendar date of 366.
Check out my photo, which depicts the month of January and December 2012. Notice the tiny numbers in the right hand lower corner of each day? Those numbers represent the Julian calendar date for that particular day.
Several of our local law enforcement agencies, including Lakewood Police Department, Tacoma Police Department and the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department incorporate the Julian Calendar date in each assigned case number used to file police reports.
An example of a case number is C#12-001-0745. When you break this down the numbers equate to the following: 12 = the year 2012. 001 = the Julian calendar date signifying the first day in the year, January 1. 0745 = the 745th incident to have a case number assigned since midnight the night before.
The photo shows a regular calendar configuration along with the Julian date calendar.
For a look at a single purpose Julian date calendar, check out the attached depiction titled 2012 Julian Date Calendar.
I find this to be interesting. I hope some of you do too.