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08/02/1879 Standard time is invented

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Heritage Minutes: Sir Sandford Fleming

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The Canadians: Sir Sandford Fleming

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Standard Time

After missing a train while traveling in Ireland in 1876 because a printed schedule listed p.m. instead of a.m. Canadian engineer Sandford Fleming proposed to establish single 24-hour clock for the entire world. Standard time zones could be used locally, but they would be subordinate to the single world time.
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