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Hello BTV Daily subscribers! I will be filling in for Dave this week on Dave’s corner. My first “Rebecca’s Corner” falls on the day when we spring ahead, losing one hour of sleep for an hour of sunshine. I had originally thought that Daylight Saving Time was implemented as a way to coordinate train schedules. I also heard that it was instituted to give farmers more daylight to tend to their crops and livestock. It turns out neither of these are true!

Daylight Saving Time was started during World War I (1916) in Germany as a way to conserve energy. However, the idea had been advocated far earlier than that. A British builder, William Willett, campaigned for the idea as early as 1905. He just wanted folks to be able to enjoy the summer sun longer. Even one of this country’s founding fathers had an opinion about extending the daylight hours. Benjamin Franklin wrote a satirical essay in 1784 arguing that Parisians could save money on candles if they started their day earlier.

The United States first implemented Daylight Saving Time on March 31, 1918 as a wartime effort to preserve energy. However, after the war ended, Daylight Saving Time was very unpopular and as a result the law was repealed by Congressional override of President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. Daylight Saving Time remained a local option, but did not come back into nation wide until World War II, renamed “War Time.” After the war ended, Daylight Saving Time usage fell back to local control until 1966 with the passing of the Uniform Time Act. The law did not mandate the usage of Daylight Saving Time—it just standardized when it would run.

Daylight Saving Time has a quirky and interesting history that could not all make it into today's corner. Whether you support or dislike it, it is fun to know the strange path it took to becoming a part of our society. If you’re curious, here are a couple links to explore the history on your own:
8 Things You May Not Know Know About Daylight Saving Time
The Odd History of Changing Our Clocks

Rebecca (@beccajayed)

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