Time and History Introduction

An introduction to a look at major and minor historical events around the clock at the time they occured.

HISTORY AROUND THE CLOCK

by Jeremy Beadle

There are basically only two ways one can present events in history--either chronologically or alphabetically. Well, we have found a third way, and we would like to offer it to you here. We want to present some highlights and small lights in history by the time of day or night these events happened. Have you ever wondered when the flood hit Johns-town? When the Lusitania was torpedoed? When Erwin Rommel was forced to commit suicide? Or, to put it another way, have you ever wondered what fascinating historic events took place at two o'clock in the morning or at 5:30 in the afternoon? Even if you haven't wondered, maybe you should--because time sets history in a new perspective.

So picture before you a giant clock. Let's set it at an hour after midnight, at one o'clock in the morning. Let's find out what took place in history between 1:00 and 2:00 and so on through the morning to noon, and then from noon through the night. Let's follow history around the clock hour by hour. Each given time is based on the local time where the event happened, although space events are based on the time at the Soviet and U.S. space centers. Here we go to London time as a starter.

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