November 7th and it’s Capt. Cook’s birthday today so it seems befitting for today’s post to be of his monument erected on Easby Moor 48 years after his death in Owythee in 1779.
However the date of October 27th 1728 is also often quoted as his birthday, including on the plaque on this monument. It depends on which calendar is used. In 1752 England replaced the Julian calendar with the Gregorian calendar when Wednesday September 2nd was followed the next day by Thursday September 14th, resulting in 11 days lost. The Gregorian calendar had been adopted in European countries for two centuries and both calendars were in use in England.