SocraticGadfly: On time — 125 years ago, today

November 18, 2008

On time — 125 years ago, today

Prior to Nov. 18, 1883, if it were noon in Pittsburgh, Pa., it might only be 11:54 a.m. in Youngstown, Ohio, 11:44 a.m. in Cleveland, etc. That was until the U.S. and Canadian governments, and the major railroads, got together and established modern time zones, including the idea that, within each time zone, the time was uniform throughout.

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