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1906 Earthquake Commemorated One Hour Early

So, today is the 100th anniversary of the 1906 earthquake which leveled much of San Francisco.  To mark the occasion, people got up as early at 4:30AM to attend the festivities, held at 5:17AM, the time when the earthquake struck.  Just yesterday I started thinking “but San Francisco didn’t practice Daylight Saving Time in 1906.  Are they making the centenarians get up an hour earlier than the actual event?”

Yes!  Somebody more insane than me has already written about this, thus justifying the entire blog-o-sphere, in my mind.  The sun rose at 6:31AM today, in San Francisco–just fifteen minutes after the actual centennial of the Earthquake.  But, thanks to Daylight Saving Time, very old people were forced out of bed at what would have been 3:30AM, to celebrate an hour and fifteen minutes before sunrise.

“Oh, the humanity!”

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