Daily Archives: February 8, 2019

One Hundred and Forty Years Ago Today …

Sir Sandford Fleming first proposes adoption of Universal Standard Time at a meeting of the Royal Canadian Institute and gives the world a way to plan and execute global communication and scheduling on a reliable basis and revolutionizes the measurement of time for the modern age. (In stark comparison to George Hudson who proposed Daylight Savings Time 16 years later in an attempt to take the world back to the Dark Ages. How good can an idea be if its primary proponents ended up being the German Nazis???)

And while the global community is still arguing over the best implementation of UST– whether UT0, UT1, UT1R, UT2, or UTC is best — the simple fact of the matter is that UT1 is good enough, and thus UTC is good enough, and the world should just adopt it and quote all times in UTC.