It’s here once again, when we turn our clocks back an hour and “gain an hour” in our day. Or, we move the clocks back and plunge our afternoons into an earlier darkness than is preferred by many.
Almost all of America observes this practice except for the states of Arizona, Hawaii and the American territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the United States Virgin Islands.
Back in 1916, Germany started this practice of DST as a method to help conserve fuel. The rest of Europe slowly adopted the practice. The United States got in on the act, established standard time zones in 1918 and DST started on March 31 of that year.
It was an unpopular practice and Congress cancelled DST after the war. It became a local (per state) option.
From 1945 to ’66 states and localities had no oversight as to if they followed DST or not. In 1962 the transportation industry (which later became the DOT) started to push for consistent application of the practice. In 1967, an act was started (Uniform Time Act of 1966 (P.L. 89-387)) from their efforts.
This practice of time shifting has gone through various renditions of why it should be followed or not.
Now for myself, I would love to see this practice of swapping an hour back and forth to bloody quit. Move it 30 minutes and let it stand! But for a state to get out from under DST requirements requires legal action at the state level or a governor’s executive order.
Do you recall when DST was extended back in 2007? Well of course you do! This four week extension into the first weekend of November was pushed by a Wyoming Senator and Michigan Representative who suggested this so that children could go trick-or-treating in more daylight.
Not sure about you, but all the Halloween trick-or-treating took place after dark!
Anyway, don’t forget to turn the clocks back (that need to be manually changed) an hour for Daylight Savings Time!