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In 1796 C.E., with Revision of the Articles of Confederation underway again, Thomas Jefferson proposed a new calendar to mark Albert Gallatin’s ascension to the presidency. Gallatin protested that the real Revolution was in 1776, that the Federalist period should be regarded as an aberration, and that commemorating, even by implication, the execution of George Washington might set a hideous precedent. In its final form, the Jefferson-Gallatin compromise utilizes 1776 as its “Year Zero.” Dates prior to the Declaration of Independence continue numbered as they were before, sometimes followed by C.E. for “Christian Era.”