It seems like only yesterday, spring was in the air and we were springing ahead – losing an hour of sleep, but gaining an hour of sunlight. On Sunday at 2 am, daylight savings will come to an end. People always seem to ask why Daylight Savings Time came to be and if it is still necessary in today’s world.
Daylight Savings Time has only been around for approximately 100 years, but has been seen in ancient history. Ancient civilizations were believed to adjust their daily routines to fit the sun’s schedule.
Although he never saw his practice put into place, Benjamin Franklin is often cited as the inventory of Daylight Savings Time. He first proposed the idea in his 1784 essay titled, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light.”
Germany was the first country to implement Daylight Savings Time on April 30, 1916, when clocks were turned forward at 11 pm. The idea behind the plan was to reduce the amount of artificial lighting in an attempt to save fuel during World War I. Great Britain, the United States and many other countries soon followed, but reverted back after the war.
On February 9, 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-long Daylight Savings Time during World War II. During that time, the US time zones were called “Eastern War Time,” “Central War Time” and “Pacific World Time.”
Daylight Savings Time has caused a lot of controversy since its inception. Many people feel that it is an outdated practice that doesn’t save much energy. The majority of the state of Arizona has done away with the practice altogether and observe Mountain Standard Time (MST) all year round.
How do you feel about Daylight Savings Time? If given the choice, would you do away with the practice?
Until someone comes up with another way to work around the sun’s changing patterns, we will have to put up with changing our clocks twice a year. All of us at Lions Pride are looking forward to the extra hour of sleep– don’t forget to enjoy the time change!