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Topper's Blog, Daylight Saving Time. Lose An hour, Spring Forward

5:36 PM, Mar 11, 2013   |    comments
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We lost an hour of sleep this weekend. The idea of Daylight Saving Time is credited to Benjamin Franklin back in 1784. When he was a delegate to France he wrote of his idea in an essay entitled 'An Economical Project'. A London builder, William Willett tried to popularize the idea in a 1907 pamphlet entitled 'A Waste of Daylight'. We adopted Daylight Saving Time in 1918 and then repealed in 1919. A few states and cities continued to use DST on a voluntary basis.  From 1942 to 1945 President Roosevelt instituted year round daylight saving time known as War Time. After World War II since there was no federal law in effect DST again was left to the whims of each state and localities. You can imagine the confusion. Daylight Saving time saves energy. President Nixon signed the Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act of 1973. Now we change the clocks on the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November as mandated by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. When we spring forward patrons in a bar lose an hour of drinking. Yes, this has led to riots in some cities.

There is another story, I'm not sure it's true, but it is very interesting. During the Vietnam War, for all you youngsters we had a draft back then, a man from Delaware, who was born just after midnight DST would have been drafted but he argued his birthday was an hour earlier, because standard time was the state's official time to record births. By declaring his birthday one hour earlier he was assigned a higher draft number on the previous day and missed the draft. Hopefully remembered to replace the batteries in your smoke and CO2 detectors this weekend.

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