You may remember that during the French Revolution a new calendar was created by a commission under the direction of the politician Charles-Gilbert Romme seconded by Claude Joseph Ferry and Charles-François Dupuis. The unspoken object was to rid the new calendar of every vestige of the Christian calendar. They stopped counting the years from the year of our Lord's birth ('AD', or Anno Domini), replacing it quite literally with year Number One. They did away with the seven day week from the Book of Genesis, replacing it with a decimal (and so much more 'rational') ten-day week. And they divided each day in the Republical Calendar into ten hours, each hour into 100 decimal minutes, and each decimal minute into 100 decimal seconds. Thus an hour was 144 conventional minutes (more than twice as long as a conventional hour), a minute was 86.4 conventional seconds (44% longer than a conventional minute), and a second was 0.864 conventional seconds (13.6% shorter than a conventional second).
Well, we all know how well that worked. The irony is that even if the secular powers and principalities refer to our current year as 2016 C.E. (for "Common Era"), they're still keeping time from the approximate year of our Savior's birth. Soli Deo gloria!