[PW] Historical time zones in the US

John Cowan cowan at ccil.org
Sat Aug 20 09:32:42 PDT 2016


On Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 1:04 AM, T.F. Mills <phasco at earthlink.net> wrote:

Some critics maintain this was done not so much to unify the country in one
> time zone, but to
> jut much of the country across the international dateline so that it is
> the first to see the
> sunrise, and most importantly to be the first to see the new millennium.
> That was expected
> to draw significant tourist dollars from people who wanted bragging rights.
>

Well, sure, that was a factor too.  But it really is inconvenient for a
country to be divided across the Date Line, or for that matter divided from
its main trading partners.  Samoa switched from UTC-11 to UTC+13 because it
was more important to align with Australia and Asia than with American
Samoa, whch remains on UTC-11, thus having the same day as the rest of the
U.S.


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