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Spain Has Been In The 'Wrong' Time Zone For 7 Decades

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German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, right, talks with Spain's Generalissimo Franco, in Hendaye, France, Oct. 23, 1940, in Hitlers railway carriage during his trip to France, Spain and Italy. (AP Photo) | ASSOCIATED PRESS
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It was 1940 and World War II was raging. Nazi Germany occupied Norway, Holland, Belgium, then France. Fascist Italy had already joined with Adolf Hitler. The Fuhrer wanted Spain's support next.

So on Oct. 23, 1940, Hitler took a train to the Spanish border to woo Spain's Fascist dictator, Francisco Franco.

But Spain was in ruins from its own Civil War in the late 1930s, and Franco didn't have much to offer. He stayed neutral, but switched Spain's clocks ahead one hour, to be in line with Nazi Germany.

Read the whole story at NPR