Day Light Savings Time

On Mar 10th Oklahomans will reset their clocks in accordance with day light savings time, or DST for short. When and why did this practice come about? Well, the first nation to adopt DST was the German Empire in 1916 with the outbreak of WWI. The U.S. also adopted DST in both world wars due to the belief that it reduced energy consumption, among other reasons. However, it first became federally mandated during peace time in 1966 with the Uniform Time Act. Since then, the time DST has been observed has fluctuated. In 1973, responding to the energy crisis, president Jimmy Carter started DST on Jan 6th. However, do to public backlash DST was moved to a later date. In 1986 president Ronald Regan moved DST’s start to the first Sunday in April. Some states, such as Hawaii, opted out of DST entirely. The Oklahoma legislature has begun debate on whether or not to make DST permeant, meaning the state's time would always be an hour ahead and the time wouldn't shift back in the fall. But the legislature has yet to decide on the issue. So for now Oklahomans will continue to adhere to DST this coming Sunday.

By, Easton Smith.  

 

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