10/22/2009

Virtual Landmarks – Prime Meridian is 125 Years Old

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Clock in the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, UK.
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125 years ago this week, 41 delegates from 25 nations gathered in Washington in the US for the 1884 International Meridian Conference to decide from where time and space should be measured.

By the end of the difficult summit, which, according to Dr Ariel, dragged on until “smoke came out”, Greenwich had won the prize of longitude 0º by a vote of 22 to one, with only San Domingo against and France and Brazil abstaining.

The meeting also agreed Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) would be used as the standard for the world, with the day beginning at midnight at Greenwich and counted on a 24-hour clock.

via BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | At the centre of time.

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