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History of daylight saving time

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October means it is almost time to move the clock back and participate in daylight saving time. Although unpopular, it once was viewed as vital for winning World War I.

In 1916, Germany became the first country to officially adopt the practice with the hope that the change would decrease energy use. It was quickly implemented throughout Europe and was eventually passed in the United States in 1918 to help the war effort.

Today, the practice may seem unnecessary, but in 1916 it was viewed as a possible game changer in what many called “the war to end all wars.”

– Virginia Hall, City of Pittsburg

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