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Daylight Saving Time

The first official use of Daylight Saving Time (DST) was first used in Canada in 1908. However, it is documented that ancient civilizations changed the scales of their water clocks on a monthly basis, to take advantage on the natural daylight hours.

From here on, things get a little crazy.

In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the “Fast Time” bill to help support the war effort during WWI. This seasonal change was repealed only seven months later. However, some major cities like Boston and New York continued to use it.

From 1942 to 1945 during WWII, President Franklin Roosevelt put in place year round DST, or “War Time” as some called it. From 1945 until 1966 there was no standard rules for DST in the United States. Not only does our country have different time zones, but add to that, some cities were using DST and some not. It makes me think of that old comedy skit, “Who’s on First?”

So now, we are up to 1966 when congress passed the Time Act, which states DST begins on the last Sunday of April and ends the last Sunday in October. Finally we are all on the same page, right? OK, I spoke too soon. During the oil embargo of 1973 congress extended DST for 10 months in 1974 and 8 months in 1975. After the energy crisis was over, DST was observed for a period of 7 months each year.

Our current DST schedule started in 2007 as a result of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and it begins on the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November.

But wait, there’s more. Just when I thought I had it figured out because over 70 country’s and billions of people are in the same time boat as Charlotte Dentistry, I found out this is not mandatory. Each state here in the United States can chose to participate or not. You guessed it, we have some holdouts, Arizona and Hawaii do not operate on DST. So to answer the age old question, “Does anybody really know what time it is?” That’s easy. Next week, when we are all running around trying to get used to the time change and get our lives adjusted, the good folks in Arizona and Hawaii will be right on time.

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