How did daylight saving time get started? You might be surprised to know, it wasn’t because of the farmers.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac reported that farmers were against Daylight Saving Time.
It was first implemented in 1918 as a war measure. After the war, farmers demanded it be repealed because it only benefited office workers and the leisure class. It was repealed in 1920.
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However, some states used it on and off for many years, so in 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act. It made Daylight Saving Time consistent throughout the country.
Then in 1986, 20 years later, Congress increased the period, moving the start day to the first Sunday in April. The goal was to conserve oil used for generating electricity.
The current Daylight Saving Time period was established in 2005 with the Energy Policy Act. It went into effect in 2007.
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