Great Game Previews In History: 18 November 2013

by J.R.

Help us out as the season’s quarter mark approaches!

Today In History

lossless-page1-547px-Time_zone_map_of_the_United_States_1913.tifIt was the Day of Two Noons across America in 1883 as the railroad and telegraph companies instituted standard time zones across the U.S. and Canada. There were five, just as today, with Atlantic Time being called “Intercolonial Time,” which sounds pretty awesome.

All across North America, railroad stations reset their clocks to standard time noon when necessary. While each time zone was roughly 15 degrees wide as today and centered on the same lines of longitude (more or less)  as today, the borders of the rail road time zones ran through railroad stations, making their boundaries far more jagged than they are nowadays.

Within a year, 85 percent of cities with more than 10,000 people were using the railroad time zones. It won’t shock anyone that the one doofus place that couldn’t figure it out was Detroit, being more or less halfway between the guide meridians for Central and Eastern time. They tried local time, Central time, local mean time and then finally settled on Eastern through a vote.

For what it’s worth, the original time zones, as confusing as they were, portended Conference III — the six cities that are in Central time now were in Central time then.

Flames at Jets, 7 PM

Records: Flames (6-11-3, 15 points, 6th in Pacific); Jets (10-10-2, 22 points, 6th in Conference III)

Last Time They Met: On March 9, 2012, the Flames won 5-3 at Scotiabank.

Last 10: Calgary 2-7-1; Winnipeg 5-5-0

Historical Context: Halfway between Winnipeg and Calgary is Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan does not have daylight savings time (well, unless you consider it to be in Mountain time, in which case, it has DST all the time).