by MICHELLE PEREZ
Daylight Savings Time was presented to the United States in 1918 when Woodrow Wilson found it to support the war effort during World War I and then later repealed seven months later. However, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared DST to be year round in 1942, due to some cities’ favoring daylight savings time.
Later, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966 to end the confusion for trains, buses, and broadcasts. Congress, later, extended DST in order to save energy from the following 1973 oil embargo. Little did America know the great benefits of daylight savings time. This was shown in the ten months in 1974 and eight months in 1975 that DST proved to save approximately ten thousand barrels of oil each day.
However, many found DST to be dangerous for children during dark mornings in the winter when children walked to school. Therefore, after the energy crisis ended, the United States changed the schedule for DST to begin the last day of April. Accordingly, there were further changes with DST as a result of the Energy Policy Act in 2005. In essence, there are still adjustments made towards daylight savings time.
Knowing this, daylight savings time will begin this year on Sunday, March 8th and we will lose one hour of sleep! Afterword, Sunday, November 1st will mark the ending of daylight savings time and the cycle will continue.