Virtual Landmarks – Prime Meridian is 125 Years Old

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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 0ยบ 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. Related articles by Zemanta

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With more than 70 film credits to his name, and a global following that is as large as a small country, Shah Ruhk Khan should be recognized, even by the screeners for the US customs department:
Khan said he was detained Friday by U.S. immigration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey because his name came up on a computer alert list. The actor is in the U.S. to promote a new film, “My Name is Khan,” which is about racial profiling of Muslims after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The story was front-page news in India, where the ability to avoid being frisked at airports is seen as a status symbol. Politicians, sports celebrities and film stars often claim VIP status to avoid security checks.