Samoa skipping December 30th

APIA, Samoa (AP) - December 28, 2011

At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, Dec. 29, time in Samoa will leap forward to Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve. For Samoa's 186,000 citizens, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, will simply cease to exist.

The time jump comes 119 years after some U.S. traders persuaded local Samoan authorities to align their islands' time with nearby U.S.-controlled American Samoa and the U.S. to assist their trading with California.

But the time zone has proved problematic in recent years because it puts Samoa nearly a full day behind key trading partners Australia and New Zealand.

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