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  1. In 1917, with America about to enter World War I, the U.S. National Lawn Tennis Association (now the USTA) annual meeting focused on what, for them, really mattered—an extra hour each day to play tennis. In a move that would have evoked a smile from Benjamin Franklin, the delegates at the 1917 annual meeting endorsed a bill before the U.S. Congress:

    “Whereas the delegates . . . believe that daylight saving would be of great benefit both physically and morally to the tennis players of the country, be it resolved that the Association hereby formally endorses the movement . . . for daylight saving [time], which is now before Congress. . . . An hour extra in the summer months for tennis players, is something that we all should vote for. (Applause)”

    Franklin had mused about moving clocks ahead seasonally, but it was an Englishman, William Willett, who worked out a proposal for daylight savings time, in good part because he wanted to play golf (not tennis) in the late afternoon. In 1909 Winston Churchill supported the bill in the British Parliament

    The U.S. adopted Daylight Saving Time in 1918, repealed it after the First World War, and re-adopted it during World War II.

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