Fall Back. Way Back.
Don't forget that this is the weekend we finally get our hour back from last Spring. Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night before you hit the sack.
Ever wonder why we do it at all? According to the National Geograhic - oversight of DST first resided with the Interstate Commerce Commission. In 1966, the U.S. Congress transferred that responsibility to the newly created Department of Transportation, ordering the agency to "foster and promote widespread and uniform adoption and observance of the same standard of time within and throughout each such standard time zone."
So why is a transportation authority in charge of time laws? Bill Mosley, a public affairs officer at the U.S. Department of Transportation, explains that it all dates back to the heyday of railroads.
"In the early 19th century, localities set their own time," Mosley said. "It was a crazy quilt of time, time zones, and time usage. When the railroads came in, that necessitated more standardization of time so that railroad schedules could be published."
In 1883 the U.S. railroad industry established official time zones with a set standard time within each zone. Congress eventually came on board, signing the railroad time zone system into law in 1918.
Daylight saving time was observed nationally again during World War II, but was not uniformly practiced after the war's end.
Finally, in 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the start and end dates for daylight saving time but allowed individual states to remain on standard time if their legislatures allowed it. (Like most of Indiana did until it was changed a few years ago).
A 1972 amendment extended the option not to observe DST to areas lying in separate time zones but contained within the same state.
Before the move by Congress last year to extend DST, moving it to March and November, the most recent modification occurred in 1986, when the start date was moved from the last Sunday in April to the first Sunday in April.
So now you know everything except...what time is it?
Don't forget to swap out the batteries in your smoke detectors, too.