During Tchaikovsky's lifetime the calendar used throughout the Russian Empire was twelve days behind that used in the West.
So, for example, the composer's birthdate was recorded in the Votkinsk registry of births as having occurred on Thursday 25 April 1840, which was exactly the same day as Thursday in western Europe and North America.
These differences were due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in most countries, while others (including the Russian and Ottoman empires) retained the earlier Julian calendar.
In 1900 the two systems became further out-of-step, when Wednesday 28 February was followed by Thursday 29 February in countries using the Julian calendar, but by Thursday 1 March in those following the Gregorian.
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His mother did not approve of his decision to do judo.
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