Old Cowbelle: Daylight Savings Time ends Nov. 4There is quite a bit of history behind Daylight Saving Time. Check it out on Snopes. It’s interesting.
By: Ina Murray, columnist, Pierce County Herald
There is quite a bit of history behind Daylight Saving Time. Check it out on Snopes. It’s interesting.
The concept of Daylight Saving Time was first suggested by Benjamin Franklin in 1784 in an essay titled “An Economic Project.”
But it came into being after World War I, being put into practice by the United States in 1918. It wasn’t popular and was discontinued in 1919.
In 1942 it was reintroduced when it was referred to as “War Time” and was observed year around between 1942 and 1945.
Until 1966 no federal law was in order, leaving states and municipalities to do as they chose. In 1966, Congress produced the Uniform Time Act, beginning on the last Sunday in April and ending on the first Sunday in October. But states could pass their own laws to be exempt from it.
Some of the states with really hot climates do not want or need an extra hour of sunshine.
In 1986, federal law was amended to set Daylight Saving Time from 2 a.m. the first Sunday in April, ending the last Sunday in October. In 2005, the United States Congress changed the starting time to 2 a.m. the second Sunday in March, ending at 2 a.m. the first Sunday in November.
It’s complicated with some states having two time zones.
I am really behind in my thinking. I was looking on the October calendar to see when Daylight Saving Time would end. Duh!