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 Post subject: Is midnight the end of a day, or the beginning of a day?
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 9:48 am 
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Even the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology is noncommittal...

    When someone refers to "midnight tonight" or "midnight last night" the reference of time is obvious. However, if a date/time is referred to as "at midnight on Friday, October 20th" the intention could be either midnight the beginning of the day or midnight at the end of the day.

    To avoid ambiguity, specification of an event as occurring on a particular day at 11:59 p.m. or 12:01 a.m. is a good idea, especially legal documents such as contracts and insurance policies. Another option would be to use 24-hour clock, using the designation of 0000 to refer to midnight at the beginning of a given day (or date) and 2400 to designate the end of a given day (or date).

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 Post subject: Re: Is midnight the end of a day, or the beginning of a day?
PostPosted: Sat May 02, 2020 10:14 pm 
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Greetings;

Midnight:23:59:59+.9999999

New Day:00:01-:59-.9999999

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 Post subject: Re: Is midnight the end of a day, or the beginning of a day?
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 12:12 pm 
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Thee military uses a 24 hour clock for exactly that reason.

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 Post subject: Re: Is midnight the end of a day, or the beginning of a day?
PostPosted: Sun May 03, 2020 1:42 pm 
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Of course, midnight is both the end of yesterday and the beginning of today.

Have a nice day!

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 Post subject: Re: Is midnight the end of a day, or the beginning of a day?
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2020 1:48 am 
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In ancient Israel, sundown was when a new day began. At least when reading Holy Scripture, this is something to factor in. I believe practicing Jews still count their days in this way, at least as regards religious practice.

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 Post subject: Re: Is midnight the end of a day, or the beginning of a day?
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2020 6:23 pm 
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I kind of like the idea of a new day starting at sundown. Always working, or on vacation for two days at a time! Makes me feel like I’m getting more bang for my buck I

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