Look Up Old Calendars with Datesearch

Bob Leggitt | Wednesday, 14 December 2011 |

Queen Victoria became UK monarch on 20th June 1837. But what day of the week was that?… Do you know what day of the week it was when you were born?… What day of the week will 10th May 2013 be?... If only you had hundreds and hundreds of yearly calendars, on your Windows desktop… Well, that's exactly what the free Datesearch app is: an easily and instantly searchable compilation of 500 annual calendars.

Datesearch asks you to select a month and enter a year, then shows you the complete month calendar for your chosen moment in history. The app covers the entire period, between 1775 and 2275, and is supplied as a free, no-strings download. Once installed, the program is private to your PC (i.e. it doesn’t access the web), and takes up less than half a megabyte of disk space. In the capture below you can see how easy it is to look up June 1837.

Datesearch is very useful if you blog or otherwise document factual material, as most resources tend the denote dates without the day of the week. Adding a day of the week creates a greater connection with the reader and better allows him/her to envisage the moment as a real event. Afterall, we don’t generally think or plan in dates – we think and plan in days. Planning well ahead is another area where Datesearch can be invaluable, and of course there are many other uses for it too. People have found it a great help when compiling a CV, or when dealing with an insurance claim, for example.

In order to install or use Datesearch, you must have Microsoft’s .NET (dot net) framework installed. If you use a new version of Windows, .NET will have been installed by default. You may need to install .NET yourself if you use an older version of Windows. If you’re not sure whether or not your PC has .NET, simply try to install Datesearch. If it installs, your PC has .NET. If your PC doesn’t have .NET, the Datesearch setup program should tell you so, and will obviously not proceed.

Many other very useful free applications depend on .NET to run, so it’s worth having in case you should want to install any of them in future. .NET is available free from the Microsoft site. You can find all the versions via the following link.

Microsoft .NET download page for those who require it

Newer versions of .NET will be the most sophisticated and up to date. Older versions will be smaller installations, taking up less disk space, and will probably be better suited if you have an old PC. I don’t recommend going further back than Version 1.1 though.

Since most people don’t read the licence info when installing software, can I please just clarify that Datesearch is a home made application – not a commercial product. Every effort has been made to ensure that it functions correctly and poses no threat. However, it has not been possible to test it on a wide array of different systems, and therefore no guarantees can be made. Datesearch is downloaded, installed and used at your own risk, and Planet Botch accepts no liability whatsoever for any problems which should occur as a result.

Download Datesearch installation
Bob 'Interesting' Leggitt is a print-published writer, multi-instrumentalist and twice Guitarist of the Year finalist, Google-certified digital marketer, image manipulation expert, virtual musical instrument builder, "Twitter detective", and author of successful blogs such as Planet Botch, Twirpz and Tape Tardis. | [Twitter] | [Contact Details]