Russia’s shooting team arrived days late to the 1908 Olympics because
they were still using the Julian calendar.
Back in ancient Rome, people kept track of time with the Julian calendar, a 365-day almanac that didn’t figure in leap years. After a while, the
calendar fell out of sync with the seasonal equinoxes, and the dates for
holidays became askew. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII declared that Catholic
nations should use the new Gregorian calendar, and over the next couple
centuries, the rest of the Western world gradually adopted it. But it took more than 300 years, and there were problems — including the time in 1908 when some Russian athletes showed up more than a week late for their events at the Summer Olympics in London because they were still using the Julian calendar.
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