Sunday, March 13, 2011

Canadian Inventions: Standard Time

Did you know Canada.. it was Scottish Canadian, Sir Sandford Fleming that invented Standard Time.

Sir Sandford Fleming was a founding member of the Royal Society of Canada and founder of the Royal Canadian Institute.

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, based on the world globe meridian of Greenwich otherwise known as Greenwich mean time. He recommended the standard to the Royal Canadian Institute in 1879 and Standard Time was accepted in North America in 1884. By 1929 all of the major countries of the world had accepted time zones.

Source:, Wikipedia

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