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Copper Lanterns & Outdoor Lighting: Inspirations, Answers, and Advice

Monday, March 11, 2013

Time To Spring Forward? Not In Arizona...

Daylight Savings began this weekend for most of the United Sates. However, here in Arizona we are one of only two states, along with Hawaii, that do not observe daylight savings time. According to an Arizona Republic editorial in 1969, the reasoning behind not springing forward was due to the heat. "The above data [sunrise and sunset times and average temperatures during the summer months from the U.S. Weather Bureau] clearly show that we must wait until about 9 p.m. DST to start any night-time activity such as drive-in movies, moonlight rides, convincing little children it's bedtime, etc. And it's still hot as blazes!"

Did you know that the concept of Daylight Savings was first proposed in 1784 by Ben Franklin in an essay titled "The Economical Project." Modern Daylight Savings was first proposed by the New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson. The plan was not formally adopted in the U.S. until 1918. After the World War I ended, the law proved so unpopular (mostly because people rose earlier and went to bed earlier than people do today) that it was repealed in 1919. During World War II, President Franklin Roosevelt instituted year-round Daylight Saving Time, called "War Time," from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945. From 1945 to 1966, there was no federal law regarding Daylight Saving Time, so states  were free to choose whether or not to observe DST. The Uniform Time Act of 1966, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson, created Daylight Saving Time. Any State that wanted to be exempt from Daylight Saving Time could do so by passing a state law.