Medical Tuesday Blog
March: National Anthem; World Standard time
March 3, 1931. The Star Spangle Banner became the national anthem. The “Star Spangled Banner” was written in 1814. On this date in 1931, 117 year later, it officially became our national anthem. We were using the “The Star Spangled Banner” as our national anthem long before it became official. There is no law that says we have to wait for Congress to move before we tackle a problem through other means.
On March 4, 1789, the instrument the founding Fathers designed to make this government of ours work, is call the Constitution of the United States and went into effect. It has been challenged; it has been amended, but it has remained, ever since, as the supreme law of the land. It stands as a bulwark against the passions of the moment as a protection against governmental encroachment.
On March. 1884, World Standard Time was established at an international conference on this date in Washington, D.C. All the clocks in the world were synchronized to the Greenwich, England Mean Time. We could look at our clocks and know exactly what time it was in Singapore or Moscow or Timbuktu. Many would wonder if such a conference for such a purpose, were called today. Would there be a third world coalition demanding that the base time be moved from Greenwich, England to some spot in a have-not nation? Would a vast bureaucracy be created—or at least sought—to administer a complicated set of agreements and regulations? How long would it take to settle matters? After all, where time is concerned, time is no object.