Ink Out Loud: It’s about time
I recently realized that my dad is older than time — well, Daylight Saving Time, anyway. President Franklin D. Roosevelt instituted year-round Daylight Saving Time in the United States in 1942, when my dad was a baby.
Year-round Daylight Saving Time was also called “War Time.” It was in force during World War II, from Feb. 9, 1942 to Sept. 30, 1945. According to http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/history.html, “The change was implemented 40 days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and during this time, the U.S. time zones were called ‘Eastern War Time,’ ‘Central War Time,’ and ‘Pacific War Time.’ After the surrender of Japan in mid-August 1945, the time zones were re-labeled ‘Peace Time.’”
Daylight Saving Time was actually first introduced long before that though. It was called “Fast Time.” In 1918 President Woodrow Wilson signed Fast Time into law to support the war effort during World War I. The plan was not formally adopted in the U.S. until 1918. After the war ended, the unpopular law was repealed in 1919 with a Congressional override of President Wilson’s veto. It became a local option and was voluntarily continued in the commonweaths of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and the cities of New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.
The main purpose of Daylight Saving Time is to make better use of daylight, so it is called “Summer Time” in many other countries.
However you refer to it, don’t forget to “spring forward,” and change your clock this weekend.
Mandy Feder is the Managing Editor of the Tahoe Daily Tribune. She can be reached at 530-542-8006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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