Today in History: Daylight Savings Time
Although the clocks may not switch over until Sunday, March 12th, Daylight Savings Time has an anniversary on February 9th. In 1942, it was instituted by President Roosevelt as a measure to save on fuel during war time — specifically by the whole nation for one full year — and to be repealed almost three full years later, so that individual states could standardize their own time. By 1966, Congress approved legislation that made standard time less local.
Think about it: without daylight savings time, we’d wake up to more sunshine most of the time throughout the country. So, if you have more sun in the morning, you will see less of it later in the day… for better … or worse. Maybe you are an early bird, or a night owl… and that might influence your preference… but why fuss? Read about the history of Daylight Savings Time and see the controversy!
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Special to The New York Times. (1942, Jan 21). The Day in Washington. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Daylight Time Nears Unity Across Nation: Only Few States Have Special Status. (1967, Apr 30). Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File)
- Smith, L. (1970, Oct 25). Metro: We’re Saving Daylight to Play in Next Year. Boston Globe (1960-1985)
- Backward, Turn Backward the Nation’s Clocks. (1971, Oct 30). The Hartford Courant (1923-1991)
- Scientist Tells How DST Saving Energy. (1974, Jan 09). The Austin American Statesman (1973-1987)
- Beck, J. (1979, Apr 30). That Extra Hour of Light. The Hartford Courant (1923-1991)
- Beck, J. (1979, Apr 27). ‘My Time Is Your Time?’ Well, Not Necessarily. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File)
- Don’t Fiddle with Daylight Time. (1981, Nov 14). Afro-American (1893-1988)
- Benfield, J. C. (1986, Apr 20). Let’s See the Light on Daylight Savings Time. Newsday (1940-1988)
- Silver, M. (1987, Mar 20). Equinox’s Onset Not a Difference of Day and Night. The Hartford Courant (1923-1991)
- Stern, S. (2002, Oct 17). Time Keeps on Slipping. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File
Don’t forget to spring forward your clock one hour on Sunday, March 12, 2017! Daylight Savings Time is in effect from 2am this day.
Prepare for the shift; it takes time to adjust to the loss of an hour’s sleep and Daylight Savings Time — perhaps a week for some, so plan accordingly!
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