January 21, 1943

“War Time” in Effect Feb. 9
WASHINGTON, D.C.—President Franklin D. Roosevelt yesterday signed legislation bringing back Daylight Saving Time for the entire nation. The so-called “fast time” or war time” will begin at 2 a.m. on February 9 and will remain in effect for the duration of the war. Clocks all across the nation move ahead by one hour at that time. The intent of reinstituting Daylight Saving Time is to reduce electricity usage across the nation, thus allowing more power to be used for war production. Estimates by the Federal Power Commission (FPC) predict over seven hundred thirty-six million kilowatt-hours of electricity will be saved, which would allow an additional four hundred and fifty pounds of aluminum to be produced. Daylight Saving Time was briefly instituted during the Great War in 1918, but proved unpopular and was quickly rescinded.

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