On February 9, 1942, Congress pushes ahead standard time for the United States by one hour in each time zone, imposing daylight saving time–called at the time “war time.”

Saving daylight during the World War II years. Credit: Wikipedia

Saving daylight during the World War II years. Credit: Wikipedia

Daylight saving time, suggested by President Roosevelt, was imposed to conserve fuel, and could be traced back to World War I, when Congress imposed one standard time on the United States to enable the country to better utilize resources, following the European model.

Daylight Saving Time was first adopted to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war ...

Daylight Saving Time was first adopted to replace artificial lighting so they could save fuel for the war …

The 1918 Standard Time Act was meant to be in effect for only seven months of the year–and was discontinued nationally after the war. But individual states continued to turn clocks ahead one hour in spring and back one hour in fall. The World War II legislation imposed daylight saving time for the entire nation for the entire year. It was repealed Sept. 30, 1945, when individual states once again imposed their own “standard” time. It was not until 1966 that Congress passed legislation setting a standard time that permanently superseded local habits.

The American law by which we turn our clock forward in the spring and back in the fall is known as the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The law does not require that anyone observe Daylight Saving Time; all the law says is that if we are going to observe Daylight Saving Time, it must be done uniformly. - See more at: http://addins.wrex.com/blogs/weather/2009/10/the-history-of-daylight-saving-time#sthash.Zwd9I6n7.dpuf

The American law by which we turn our clock forward in the spring and back in the fall is known as the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The law does not require that anyone observe Daylight Saving Time; all the law says is that if we are going to observe Daylight Saving Time, it must be done uniformly. – See more at: http://addins.wrex.com/blogs/weather/2009/10/the-history-of-daylight-saving-time#sthash.Zwd9I6n7.dpuf

Credit:  The Simpson Fox Broadcasting

Credit: The Simpson Fox Broadcasting

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