Daylight Savings Time – is it a trick or a treat?
It depends upon who you ask. For Culver Academies students it will be a treat when they receive an extra 60 minutes of sleep on Halloween night through Sunday, Nov. 1, as the clock “falls back” one hour.
But it could also be a trick, especially for many international students and parents, since not all countries observe Daylight Savings Time and those that do may not maintain the same calendar as the United States. For example, China does not observe DST and Europe actually fell back an hour on Sunday, Oct. 25.
In the United States, Arizona and Hawaii and several territories don’t observe DST. And Indiana remains split between Eastern and Central time. Culver observes Eastern time, which is the same as New York and Indianapolis. Chicago, which is in the Central time zone, will remain one hour behind.
Daylight Savings Time was introduced in Europe during World War I. The concept was to take advantage of the longer summer days by gaining an extra hour of daylight and shortening the days in winter. Germany and its allies were the first countries to adopt DST in 1916.
The idea, though, was originally proposed in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin, who believed that starting the day earlier in the summer would save on candles. Observing Daylight Savings Time still isn’t universal. Only 70 out of 196 countries currently observe DST.
Daylight Savings Time became the law of the land in 1966 when President Lyndon Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act. The U.S. Department of Transportation is the keeper of DST.