[tz] Fwd: DST changes in Hungary (full historical revision)

Michael H Deckers michael.h.deckers at googlemail.com
Fri Jun 12 09:09:20 UTC 2020

    On 2020-06-12 03:21, Paul Eggert wrote:

> Still, it does appear that, at least according to US
> press accounts, common practice in France was to stop the clocks.

      That "all French clocks stopped" for 00:09:21 is a misreading of
      French newspapers; this sort of adjustment applies only to certain
      remote-controlled clocks ("pendules pneumatiques", of which there
      existed perhaps a dozen in Paris, and which simply could not be
      set back remotely), but not to all the clocks in all French towns
      and villages. So even contemporary sources may be plain wrong.

      For instance, the following story in the "Courrier de Saône-et-Loire"
      1911-03-11, page 2, online at

      only works if legal time was stepped back (was not monotone):

        "On fait observer que des enfants qui naîtraient à minuit moins 5 et
         mourraient à minuit de l'ancienne heure, se trouveront être morts
         avant d'être nés, l'heure ayant reculé et supprimé théoriquement
         9 minutes et 25[sic] secondes de leur existence, c'est-à-dire
         plus qu'ils n'en pouvaient dépenser."
         [One can observe that children who had been born at midnight less
          5 [minutes] and who had died at midnight of the old time, would
          turn out to be dead before being born, time having been set back
          and having suppressed 9 minutes and 25 seconds of their existence,
          that is, more than they could spend.]

      Michael Deckers.

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