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The History Of Daylight Savings Time


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With daylight savings time coming to an end this Sunday morning. It got me wondering how did it start in the first place? It’s a popular belief that the first idea of daylight savings time was conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. He published an essay titled ‘An Economical Project for Diminshing the Cost of Light’ it proposed to economize the use of candles by rising earlier to make use of the morning sunlight.

However some say that modern daylight savings time was first proposed by George Vernon Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand. Hudson presented a paper that proposed a two-hour shift foward in October and a two-hour shift back in March. he followed up his proposal with another article in 1898, and even though there was interest in the idea, nothing came of it.

Daylight Savings Time was first adopted in the United States to replace artifical lighting so they could save fuel for the war effort in Germany in World War I. President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round daylight savings time in the United States during World War II from February 9,1942 to September 30, 1945. Between 1945 and 1966 daylight savings time caused widespread confusion in the U.S. because many states were free to choose when and if they would observe DST. Congress passed the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. Still more changes would occur after 1966 and the current schedule of DST follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which extended DST to where it starts on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November. Curently most of the United States observes DST except for Hawaii and most of Arizona.

Don’t forget to fall back this Sunday morning at 2!

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