Daylight Savings Time (DST) ends tomorrow. Are you ready? Daylight Saving Time – or “fast time” as it was called – was first introduced in 1918 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the law to support the war effort during World War I. The initiative was sparked by Robert Garland, a Pittsburgh industrialist, who is called the “father of Daylight Saving.”
Then a funny thing happened in history. The law was repealed seven months later. It wasn’t until 1942 that President Franklin D. Roosevelt reinstituted it permanently. During World War II, each time zone in American was known as “War Time.” After the surrender of Japan in August of 1945, the time zones were relabeled “Peace Time.”
Because each state and locality were free to choose when and if they observed DST, widespread confusion ensued for the train, bus, and broadcasting industries, causing Congress to enact the Uniform Time Act of 1966 that stated DST would begin on the last Sunday of April and end on the last Sunday of October. However, states still could be exempt from DST by passing a local ordinance.
Congress extended DST to 10 months in 1974 in hopes of saving energy during the 1973 oil embargo. Our government believed DST saved the energy equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil each day, but many complained that the dark winter mornings endangered the lives of school children. The DST schedule was revised several times throughout the years.
Currently, DST starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. Most of the United States observe DST except for Hawaii, parts of Arizona, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Guam.
All this information probably won’t help you make it to church on time tomorrow, so the best thing to do is set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed. More importantly, make worshiping Jesus a priority. See you at church!