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Not necessarily the first time zones... but if you're looking for primary sources on the logistics and mechanics of moving to a formal time-zone system, I highly recommend reading the newspapers from the week of November 18, 1883, that being the day the United States introduced its standard time zones. Excerpt from "The Memphis Daily Appeal", Saturday, ...


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Sir Sandford Fleming invented Worldwide Standard Time between 1876 and 1879: After missing a train in 1876 in Ireland because its printed schedule listed p.m. instead of a.m., he proposed a single 24-hour clock for the entire world, located at the centre of the Earth, not linked to any surface meridian. At a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute, on ...



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