Monday, April 3

time change

I wish I could remember where I copied & pasted the following news story from. Well, you can Google to find related articles if you wish. It's about next years time change. I found it to be very interesting.


Next year daylight savings time will be pushed back on the yearly calendar by a law passed last year.

Currently daylight savings time begins on the first Sunday of April ending the last Sunday of October, according to a press release from Astronomical Applications Department.

However in 2007, the dates will be modified due to the passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The act will start daylight saving time on Sunday, March 11, and end daylight saving time on Sunday, Nov. 4, in 2007.

Daylight savings time was started in the United States with the Act of March 1918, also called the Standard Time Act. Standard time was the instituted in the U.S. and Canada by the railroads in 1883 but not established as law until the Standard Time act passed, according to the release. Repealed in 1919, daylight savings time was re-established nationally in the United States during World War II and continuously observed from Feb. 9, 1942 to Sept. 20, 1945. Post war, daylight savings time's use varied among states and localities until the Uniform Time Act of 1966 provided standardization in the dates of beginning and end of daylight time in the U.S., but still allowing for local exemptions. The Uniform Time Act stated daylight time would begin the last Sunday in April and end the last Sunday of October, with the change over to take place at 2 a.m. local time, according to the release.

The energy crisis years saw congress enact earlier dates for daylight savings time. In 1974, daylight time began Jan. 6. Just a year later, in 1975 it began Feb. 23. After those two years the starting date reverted back to the last Sunday in April. In 1986, a law passed that permanently setting the start date to the first Sunday in April to begin in 1987. The ending date remained the last Sunday of October, the release stated.

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