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Why people hated permanent daylight saving time when the U.S. last tried it

By Brittany Shammas

18 Mar 2022 · 4 min read

It was still dark when most Americans set off for work and school the morning of Jan. 7, 1974. Commuters grumbled about having to descend to the subways and report to work without glimpsing the sun. Some kids carried flashlights to light their way to school.

One woman was so overwhelmed, she simply went back to bed.

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