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Today is George Washington's birthday. But here's why we celebrate it on Presidents' Day

(CNN)Today is George Washington's birthday. But does it seem like it?Americans haven't celebrated the first US president's birthday on his actual birthday for nearly 50 years. Instead, the US celebrates his birthday on Presidents' Day, the third Monday in February. Here's why. Washington's two birthdaysDon't you wish you could celebrate your birthday twice in one month? Well, Washington did while he was in office. He was born on February 11, 1732, on the Julian calendar, which was used at the time. But it changed when England and its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. His birthday moved to February 22. In the Gregorian calendar, an extra day is added to the calendar every four years in order to synchronize it with the solar ...