Donald Trump has endorsed ending the twice a year clock-bending Daylight Savings Time ritual, echoing many Americans’ frustrations with Saturday night’s loss of an hour of sleep that they won’t get back until November.
‘Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!’ the president tweeted Monday morning.
DST changes the clock-time of sunrise and sunset, an idea that dates back to ancient Rome but had its modern rebirth thanks to New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson.
Hudson proposed the idea in 1895, telling fellow scientists that two extra hours of sunlight would give him more time in the evening to collect bugs after his day-shift at the post office was over.
He was mocked for decades, but eventually a one-hour shift took hold in New Zealand, in 1923. By then most of Europe had shifted to save fuel during World War I.
President Franklin Roosevelt instituted the plan, then called ‘War Time,’ in February 1942 – a few months after the U.S. entered World War II. He ended the practice four weeks after Japan’s surrender in September 1945.
Today 48 of the 50 U.S. states observe DST, all but Arizona and Hawaii. Some Navajo reservations inside Arizona’s borders buck that trend, however, joining the rest of the country.
Source: Daily Mail