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Samoa Time Travels into the Future

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by InTheLight, Dec 30, 2011.

  1. InTheLight

    InTheLight Well-Known Member
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    Samoa Skips Friday in Leap Across International Date Line

    APIA, Samoa – The weekend came sooner than usual for the tiny South Pacific island nation of Samoa.

    When the clock struck midnight Thursday, the country skipped over Friday and moved 24 hours ahead -- straight into Saturday, Dec. 31.

    Samoans gathered around a main clock tower in the capital of Apia for the historic moment, applauding in celebration as the midnight hour struck to the wail of sirens and burst of fireworks. Drivers circled the clock tower blaring their horns, and prayer services were held across the country.

    Samoa aimed to align its time zone with key trading partners in the Asia-Pacific region by shifting west of the international date line.