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When Daylight Savings Time Was First Introduced

Daylight Savings Time (DST) was introduced in different ways by influential people such as Benjamin Franklin, George Vernon Hudson, and William Willett. However, it was not implemented into the system until after their existence. On April 28, 1967, the United States finally announced that 45 states would be going on DST that Sunday. The clocks were scheduled to go ahead one hour in those states. In order to have DST integrated, congress took legislative action. They passed a law addressing all states, except for the five that were voted to be exempt, to observe Daylight Savings Time from 2 in the morning of April's last Sunday until 2 a.m. of October's last Sunday.

Furthermore, there are a few reasons why some of the states did not go along with the rest of the states in observing DST. Hawaii's legislators voted against following DST because the state's tropical latitude lacks differences in the length of daylight between summer and winter. Therefore, there was no real purpose for legislators to vote for DST. However in 1967, when it was introduced and exempted for Hawaii, a petition was started. Alaska's federal government also exempted the state to follow the Uniform Time Act in 1967 because they wanted to allow time to mark out the four time zones in the state. Nowadays, Alaska observes DST although Alaskans are not happy about it and are trying to abolish it. The state's high altitude makes there be daylight almost all summer long. Therefore, the Alaskans find DST to be annoying. Indiana was also a controversial state during legislation. In 1967, the state's governor petitioned the Dept. of Transportation, which administered the law, to place all of Indiana in the central time zone. Indiana's counties are split up between eastern and central time zones. 34 of Indiana's counties in the Central Time Zone were already observing DST. They chose to follow the state's capital, Indianapolis, which was on Eastern Time Zone. Furthermore, from 1970-2006, most of Indiana that was in Eastern Time Zone did not observe DST until April 2006, until the counties in western Indiana shifted to Central Time Zone. Also, Kentucky is similar to Indiana in that they both go along the eastern-central lines. In 1967, Kentucky convinced federal officials to excuse the state from the DST law that year. Some of the state's towns voluntarily observed DST that summer. The result of this was that the Kentucky had four times: central standard, eastern standard, and central and eastern daylight. Nowadays, DST dates have been changed and extended. It starts on the second Sunday of March and ends the first Sunday of November.

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