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Time Change 1981 in the United States

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Country: United States
Long Name: United States of America
Abbreviations: US, USA
Capital: Washington DC
Time Zones: 7 (Main Country)
Total Time Zones: 12 (with dependencies)
Dial Code: +1

Apr 26

Forward 1 hour

Apr 26, 1981 - Daylight Saving Time Started

When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, April 26, 1981, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, April 26, 1981, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Apr 26, 1981 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.

Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

Oct 25

Back 1 hour

Oct 25, 1981 - Daylight Saving Time Ended

When local daylight time was about to reach
Sunday, October 25, 1981, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, October 25, 1981, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Oct 25, 1981 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

Other years: 1978 | 1979 | 1980 | 1981 | 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 2021

When Does DST Start and End in the US?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in most of the United States starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November.

DST in States and Federal Districts in USA in 1981
(51 in total, 48 where all observe DST, 1 which doesn't observe DST, 2 with parts on DST)

AlabamaApr 26 - Oct 25KansasApr 26 - Oct 25North DakotaApr 26 - Oct 25
AlaskaApr 26 - Oct 25KentuckyApr 26 - Oct 25OhioApr 26 - Oct 25
Arizona (northeast)Apr 26 - Oct 25LouisianaApr 26 - Oct 25OklahomaApr 26 - Oct 25
ArizonaNo DSTMaineApr 26 - Oct 25OregonApr 26 - Oct 25
ArkansasApr 26 - Oct 25MarylandApr 26 - Oct 25PennsylvaniaApr 26 - Oct 25
CaliforniaApr 26 - Oct 25MassachusettsApr 26 - Oct 25Rhode IslandApr 26 - Oct 25
ColoradoApr 26 - Oct 25MichiganApr 26 - Oct 25South CarolinaApr 26 - Oct 25
ConnecticutApr 26 - Oct 25MinnesotaApr 26 - Oct 25South DakotaApr 26 - Oct 25
DelawareApr 26 - Oct 25MississippiApr 26 - Oct 25TennesseeApr 26 - Oct 25
District of ColumbiaApr 26 - Oct 25MissouriApr 26 - Oct 25TexasApr 26 - Oct 25
FloridaApr 26 - Oct 25MontanaApr 26 - Oct 25UtahApr 26 - Oct 25
GeorgiaApr 26 - Oct 25NebraskaApr 26 - Oct 25VermontApr 26 - Oct 25
HawaiiNo DSTNevadaApr 26 - Oct 25VirginiaApr 26 - Oct 25
IdahoApr 26 - Oct 25New HampshireApr 26 - Oct 25WashingtonApr 26 - Oct 25
IllinoisApr 26 - Oct 25New JerseyApr 26 - Oct 25West VirginiaApr 26 - Oct 25
IndianaNo DSTNew MexicoApr 26 - Oct 25WisconsinApr 26 - Oct 25
Indiana (north, northwest)Apr 26 - Oct 25New YorkApr 26 - Oct 25WyomingApr 26 - Oct 25
IowaApr 26 - Oct 25North CarolinaApr 26 - Oct 25

DST in Other Locations in USA in 1981 (1 Location)

Palmyra AtollNo DST

Which States Don't Use DST?

Most of Arizona and Hawaii don't use DST. Indiana introduced DST in 2006.

Daylight Saving Time in Dependencies of USA

DependencyTypeDaylight Saving Time Period
American SamoaUnincorp. unorg. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time
GuamUnincorp. org. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time
Northern Mariana IslandsUnincorp. org. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time
Puerto RicoUnincorp. org. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time
US Minor Outlying IslandsTerritoryNo Daylight Saving Time
US Virgin IslandsUnincorp. org. territoryNo Daylight Saving Time

US dependencies do not use Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Daylight Saving Time History in United States

DST in the USA Today

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the USA starts on the 2nd Sunday in March and ends on the 1st Sunday in November. The current schedule was introduced in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

According to section 110 of the act, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) governs the use of DST. The law does not affect the rights of the states and territories that choose not to observe DST.

Confusing DST Rules

Historically, there were no uniform rules for DST from 1945 to 1966. This caused widespread confusion, especially in transport and broadcasting. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 aligned the switch dates across the USA for the first time.

Following the 1973 oil embargo, the US Congress extended the DST period to 10 months in 1974 and 8 months in 1975, in an effort to save energy.

After the energy crisis was over in 1976, the DST schedule in the US was revised several times. From 1987 to 2006, the country observed DST for about 7 months each year.