News Display: On the History of Daylight Savings Time
By: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
Published: 02/01/2017
Uploaded: 04/07/2017
Uploaded by: Education Program Gottesman Libraries
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Tags: daylight savings, economy, spring, Time, war

Description/Abstract: News Display: On the History of Daylight Savings Time, Thursday, 2/9

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as a measure to save on fuel during war time -- specifically by the whole nation for one full year -- and to be repealed almost three full years later so that individual states could standardize their own time.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.

So why all the fuss? Without daylight savings time, we'd wake up to more sunshine most of the time throughout the country. If you have more sun in the morning, you will see less of it later in the day.

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