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Using Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

Time was based on how many time zones separated a location from the Royal Greenwich Observatory in the UK. Greenwich Mean Time was determined by the average time of day when the sun passed over the Prime Meridian at Greenwich.

On Nov. 18, 1883, railroads in North America converted to a system of just over four time zones: eastern time, central time, mountain time, and Pacific time. Eventually, it became the standard across the U.S.

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Railways standardised time zones

  • Confusion about the exact time only became a problem in the 1800s, when railroad trains made it possible to travel from one place to the next.
  • People were missing trains, and near misses and train collisions started to take place.
  • In the US, 300 local time zones existed, b...

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Time confusion in the 20th century

Even with fewer time zones, time confusion arose again in the 20th century. Air travel, the internet and mobile devices gave us a 24-7 culture in which we're tightly interconnected to events in other parts of the world.

Another solution was proposed: Abolishing tim...

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Time zones were invented to reduce confusion

Time zones were invented to reduce confusion

It can be inconvenient if you've missed a telephone conference because you forgot that 9:00 a.m. in Chicago is 7:00 a.m. in Los Angeles and 10:00 a.m. in New York City.

Time zones are supposed to keep our clocks consistent with solar time wherever we are on the planet. Sol...

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Using UCT as a world-wide system

The switch to universal time has already taken place. Pilots and air traffic controllers in the U.S. rely on universal time. So do financial traders who deal across time zones. The internet essentially runs on universal time.

The switch to universal time may cause initial disruptio...

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