On this day - October 13th

Home » Latest News » On this day - October 13th

The International Meridian Conference was a conference held in October 1884 in Washington, D.C., in the United States, to determine a prime meridian for international use. The conference was held at the request of U.S. President Chester A. Arthur. The subject to discuss was the choice of "a meridian to be employed as a common zero of longitude and standard of time reckoning throughout the world". It resulted in the recommendation of the Greenwich Meridian as the international standard for zero degrees longitude.

On 13th October 1884, this proposal was agreed by a large majority. The only significant opposition came from the French, who did not adopt the Greenwich meridian as the beginning of the universal day until 1911. Even then it refused to use the name "Greenwich", instead using the term "Paris mean time, retarded by 9 minutes and 21 seconds".

The Conference also fixed the start of the "astronomical" and "nautical" day as midnight instead of noon.

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

dime
Wed 26 Feb 6:06am  |  hits: 1,404

Update: Helen Cartwright sent us this good news on Dime the Lost Dog."I'm delighted to tell you that she was found yesterday, safe and sound having run all the way to Wybunbury!Many thanks for your helpKind regardsHelen Wainwright"Lost: Mainly Black, Some White On Face And Chest And White Tip On Her Tail Border Collie Female.Her name is DimeLost somewhere between the...

Jo and Allan Brown
Sun 23 Feb 6:09am  |  hits: 1,052

Allan and Jo Brown — Pillars of our CommunityAs I sit here with my glass of wine — alcohol is necessary because no great story ever began with someone eating a salad — I contemplate the fact that great pubs don't happen by accident. Some clever people have made them happen, through their choice of staff, drinks, decor, furnishings and, more importantly, by stamping their personalities on...

road closed
Sat 22 Feb 6:06am  |  hits: 976

Information from Cheshire East Proposed Traffic Management ReportFriday February 28thLonghill Lane will be closed "near Audlem Cricket Club and Windmill Lane" from 9.30am to 3.30pm.This is to allow the erection of Horse Warning...