[tz] Ecuador DST in 1992/93
alois at astro.ch
Thu Dec 15 14:45:27 UTC 2016
A client born in Ecuador wrote to me:
"I need a little help with something plus I don't know who else can help
me besides Astro! When I was born, the President of Ecuador changed the
time zone (one hour ahead) from Nov/28/1992 to Feb/05/1993 because of
problems with energy and there were a lot of power cuts across the
I checked the tzdata/southamerica file which holds for Ecuador:
# Milne says the Central and South American Telegraph Company used -5:24:15.
# From Paul Eggert (2007-03-04):
# Apparently Ecuador had a failed experiment with DST in 1992.
# <http://midena.gov.ec/content/view/1261/208/> (2007-02-27) and
# <http://www.hoy.com.ec/NoticiaNue.asp?row_id=249856> (2006-11-06) both
# talk about "hora Sixto". Leave this alone for now, as we have no data.
# Zone NAME GMTOFF RULES FORMAT [UNTIL]
Zone America/Guayaquil -5:19:20 - LMT 1890
-5:14:00 - QMT 1931 # Quito Mean Time
-5:00 - ECT # Ecuador Time
The two links in the comment to not work. I search the web and came up
with this link:
Al inicio de su mandato, el Gobierno Nacional, mediante Decreto
Presidencial no. 285, obligó que todos los ecuatorianos adelantaran una
hora en sus relojes para “ aprovechar la luz solar” y disminuir el
consumo de energía. Fue la llamada ‘hora de Sixto’, que se aplicó desde
el 28 de noviembre de 1992 hasta el 5 de febrero de 1993. Incluso, los
estudiantes de todos los niveles educativos estuvieron obligados a
iniciar clases a las 06:00 y terminar antes del mediodía.
At the beginning of his term, the National Government, through
Presidential Decree no. 285, forced all Ecuadorians to advance an hour
in their watches to "take advantage of sunlight" and reduce energy
consumption. It was the so-called 'Sixtus hour', which was applied from
November 28, 1992 until February 5, 1993. Even students of all
educational levels were forced to start classes at 06:00 and finish
There should probably be a rule:
Rule ECU 1992 only - Nov 28 0:00 1:00 S
Rule ECU 1993 only - Feb 5 0:00 0 -
and the last lines of the existing entry should refer to this rule.
Whether the law applied also to Galapagos, I do not know.
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