Daylight Savings Time Begins Sunday
Don't forget about daylight savings time this weekend! If you’re like us, you’ve been pretty excited that the sun is already starting to rise when we get out of bed. It’s just a little bit easier to throw back the covers when the sun is already shining on you. Better yet, it’s a sign that spring is on its way, even if the cold weather argues otherwise.
Another sign of spring is Daylight Saving Time, coming your way this Sunday. Sure, it’ll be dark again when you wake up in the morning for a couple more weeks, but the sun sets later!. Next Tuesday, for instance, the sun won’t go down until almost 7:00 pm!
We’re all looking forward to it, but when you lose out on an hour of sleep this weekend, you’ll probably be grumbling to yourself, “Why do we even have Daylight Savings anyway?” Good news: you’re about to find out.
The first person to campaign for daylight saving time was an Englishman, William Willet, in 1907. In 1905, Willett was on an early-morning horseback ride on the outskirts of London when he realized that the UK could enjoy plentiful sunlight from April to October if it were to push its clocks forward. He published a brochure called “The Waste of Daylight,” but, unfortunately, died before seeing his revelation come to pass.
In fact, it wasn’t the UK at all to first initiate Daylight Saving Time. In World War I, on April 30, 1916, Germany enacted daylight saving time to conserve electricity. Weeks after Germany, the UK followed suit. The US joined two years later, on March 31, 1918, also as a wartime measure. Contrary to popular belief, American farmers were actually strongly against the daylight saving measure. The sun, not the clock, decided farmers’ days, so daylight saving time disturbed their schedules, so much so that they fought for a repeal of national daylight saving time in 1919.
After the repeal, some cities and states like New York City and Chicago continued following daylight saving time. During World War II, national daylight saving time resumed, but was repealed three weeks after the war ended, resulting in a curious blend of time around the country. States could start and stop saving daylight whenever they wished. In Iowa in 1965, there were 23 different pairs of start and end dates, and in St. Paul, Minnesota, daylight saving began two weeks before its twin city of Minneapolis. If you were to hop on a bus in Steubenville, Ohio and travel 35 miles away to Moundsville, West Virginia, you would travel through seven time changes.
It was simply too chaotic, and Congress implemented the Uniform Time Act in 1966. The Uniform Time Act standardized daylight saving time, but gave states the option of remaining on standard time all year. Arizona and Hawaii currently do not follow Daylight Saving Time.
If you live in Wisconsin, unfortunately you’re losing an hour this weekend. Don't dwell on that. Simply think of the extended daylight and warm weather that's coming to brigthen your mood!
*Information courtesy of history.com