A practical New Year

Continuing with the theme of historical accuracy from my last post, Puzzles in the Historical Record, something can be historically factual, yet inaccurate from an “in practice” perspective. How is this possible? To give a uniquely Canadian example (apologies to the Brits and Americans out there) on the Monday immediately preceding May 25th, most provinces observe a holiday known as Victoria Day. If anyone two hundred years in the future were to reference this holiday, they would be correct to call it Victoria Day. But very few of us actually call it that. Over the years, the most common reference…