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Daylight Saving Time Goes into Effect

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed when clocks are set ahead in the spring, so that the sun rises and sets later in the day as measured by those clocks. DST was first mentioned in a satirical 1784 article by Ben Franklin that recommended that shops be opened and closed earlier in the day to save on the cost of lighting. Daylight saving time was used during WWI and WWII, and the US went on extended DST in 1974 and 1975 in response to what crisis?



The History of Auto Racing

Automobile racing originated in France in 1894, almost immediately after the construction of the first successful petrol-fueled autos, and it appeared in the US the following year. Open-road races were banned in France in 1903, however, after they led to 8 fatalities. Today, there are several different categories of racing. In open-wheel, stock-car, and other types of circuit auto races, flags are displayed to communicate instructions to competitors. What does a black flag signify?

Born on a day like today


Octavio Paz

Paz was a Mexican poet and critic, diplomat, and the winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature. He wrote with a revealing depth of insight, elegance, and erudition that place him among his generation's ablest writers. Among his many works are the Charles Eliot Norton lectures, delivered at Harvard in 1972 and collected under the title Children of the Mire: Modern Poetry from Romanticism to the Avant-Garde. Paz was born in Mexico City during what political event?

Last updated on Saturday, 31st March 2007

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