Daylight Saving Time Returns This Weekend

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By Dustin Staples | dstaples1@radford.edu

March is here and is spring starting soon, an annual tradition that makes a return this Saturday night into Sunday morning.

We will lose an hour of sleep, gain an extra hour of daylight, but most importantly, we’ll turn our clocks one hour ahead.

You might be wondering who is the person that invented a day like this and why? Well, we can thank “The Father of Daylight Saving Time” of Pittsburgh, PA, Robert Garland, in 1917.

As WWI was underway, Garland developed a plan to write to a congressional support group and later have it signed by President Woodrow Wilson. However, it was put on hold and reintroduced during the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt, where it was placed on hold again.

Unlike the first two times, the plan finally had passed in 1966, under the Uniform Time Act by congress. This act declared Daylight Saving Time as a nationwide event in America.

According to History.com, we observe the day to conserve energy and try to match the amount of daylight when we are sleeping and being active in the days.

In the United States, only two states do not observe Daylight Saving Time, Hawaii and Arizona, besides the northeastern region of Arizona.

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