Definition: An algorithm to find the day of the week for any date. It is simple enough to memorize and do mentally.
See also Zeller's congruence.
Note: Invented sometime before January 1976 by John Horton Conway, the mathematician who also invented the computer Game of Life.
Explanation, examples, origin, and links; a summary of the International Standard Date and Time Notation ISO 8601.
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Entry modified 17 December 2004.
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Paul E. Black, "Doomsday rule", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/doomsday.html