Early tomorrow the United States shifts to Daylight Saving Time, which will last until early November. While it’s been around since World War I, it hasn’t been uniformly applied, and was actually quite haphazardly administered until the Uniform Time Act of 1966. The last major change in the U.S. was in 2007, expanding it to the current schedule.
While this time of year (or the change back in the fall) prompts the usual discussions of whether or not to keep Daylight Saving Time, it’s been a while since the debate had any teeth. TIME magazine recounted this story from 1923 (H/T io9) about a dispute in Connecticut where clocks displaying anything beside standard time would be subject to a fine. It’s not just a conflict between rural and urban citizens, but one between the state and local governments.
So, if you’re in the proper jurisdictions, remember to spring ahead tonight. Not that we’re likely to change, but it wouldn’t hurt to ask why we still do it.