How much do you know about time?
Canada’s federal government formally introduced daylight saving time in 1918, during the First World War. However, the community of Port Arthur, Ont. (now part of Thunder Bay) was the first place in Canada to use daylight saving time, beginning in 1908. Today, most of Canada uses daylight saving time, with the exception of Saskatchewan, the Yukon and parts of British Columbia.
Canada uses six time zones. These are Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Atlantic and Newfoundland.
Leap years tend to occur every four years, when the year number is divisible by four. During a leap year, an extra day is added at the end of February. However, a year divisible by 100 but not by 400 is not a leap year. The year 2000 was a leap year, but 1900 was not.
Stephen Hawking’s book, A Brief History of Time, discusses concepts in physics for readers without prior knowledge in this field. The book quickly became a bestseller. The 2014 film, The Theory of Everything, is a biographical account of Hawking’s life.
The French Republican calendar, also known as the French Revolutionary calendar, was developed to remove all religious and royal influences from the calendar. It also featured decimal time. The calendar was in use in parts of Europe. The French government followed this calendar from 1793 until 1805.
In the original 1985 movie, Marty McFly, played by Michael J. Fox, finds himself in 1955. In the first of two sequels, he travels to 2015 and 1955. In the second sequel, he travels to 1885.
Jim Croche wrote and recorded the song, Time in a Bottle. The song appears on his album, You Don’t Mess Around with Jim. Croche died in an airplane crash in 1973. Time in a Bottle was his second and final number one hit.
Swatch Internet Time was introduced in 1998 by the Swatch corporation in Switzerland. The time concept has no time zones.
Days of Our Lives has been on the air since November, 1965. The continuing story focuses on two families in a fictional city in Illinois. The show’s title sequence includes the spoken words, “Like sands through the hourglass, so are the Days of Our Lives.” In the 1980s, the sketch comedy series SCTV parodied this soap opera with sketches titled Days of the Week.
Time has been publishing since March 3, 1923. From 1942 to 1979, the magazine had a Canadian edition called Time Canada.
The song 9 to 5 was written and recorded by Dolly Parton. The song and the movie were both released in 1980.
Groundhog Day is the story of a television weatherman who keeps waking up to the same day. The movie was released in 1993.