[LEAPSECS] Degrees of Accommodating Time Based on Earth Rotation

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Tue Nov 2 15:11:02 EDT 2010

In message <alpine.LSU.2.00.1011021854520.6634 at hermes-2.csi.cam.ac.uk>, Tony Fi
nch writes:

>On Tue, 2 Nov 2010, Poul-Henning Kamp wrote:


>> I may be misremembering, I thought the longitude conference was in 1884 ?


>Yes, but by that time there had already been 40 years of railway time in

>the UK. We officially switched to a single time zone in 1880, but local

>mean solar time had already been given up in most places for most

>practical purposes by about 1855.

I'm not sure I see that any one country fixes their national time
as relevant, as the fact that the international community, such as
it were, argreed to do so.

Not even England in the age of the empire...

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