History behind Daylight Saving Time

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - With the change of the clocks, you'll often hear complaints from people about how tired they are, but why even change the locks at all? FOX 55's Caleb Saylor gives us a brief history lesson of the springing and falling of the clocks.

Posted: Mar. 12, 2019 8:40 AM
Updated: Mar. 12, 2019 8:40 AM

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on our website. with the change of the clocks, youl often hear complaints from people about how tired they are, but why even change the locks at all?fox 55 caleb saylor gives us a brief history lesson of the springing and falling of the clocks. the story goes in 1784 benjamin franklin was in paris, france awoken by the early sun after attending a party late into the night, so he penned a tongue and cheek letter in a local newspaper propather an idea. than use candles to light the night when people would be awake into the night, people should just rise when the sun came up and go to bed with the sun camehe idea of changing how we operate based on the sun would crop up from time to time, but according to dr. jeffery malanson at purdue fort wayne, changing the clocks was first adopted by germany during world war one and then by the us in 1918. nd then it was repealed in 1919 because it was so unpopular. congress repealed it, president wilson vetoed it and then congress overrode the veto to get rid of it because everyone hated it so much. the early times, states and cities could adopt dst whenever they wanted and have it start and stop whenever too, creating headaches for those who transported our goods across the country, impacting our economyt wasn until 1966 with the uniform time act that we established daylight saving time across the country. although, even in that, the federal government gave states to pass local laws exempting franklin was a smart man ting.- though. his proposal had logic behind it and it was not because o the farmers. saveaving ergy cost. energy was a big deal back then a big deal now. currently, the united states saves about 1% in energy because of dst pey year, but malanson believes its importance is waning believe that originially adopting it, there was a real logic to that. i feel like in 2019, we have lights on whene at home or in our e not of work, we really saving energy by doing this anymore.nd in indiana, it has a negative impact, costing the state money because of how late the sun rises. some estimates put it at a 9 million dollar loss each year, but there is one upside that people like actually enjoy having the extra light at the end of the day.n fort wayne, caleb saylor, fox 55 news. 1:58 coming up..
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