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Time Flies.....

How many minutes are there since the birth of Christ
to this present year 1776, allowing the year
to consist of 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes, 58 seconds?

NOTE: This was a "revolutionary" problem in that it was written right at the start of the Revolutionary War!

Solution:

Source: John Bonneycastle's Scholar's Guide to Arithmetic, 1780