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Time Change 1985 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 28

Forward 1 hour

Apr 28, 1985 - Daylight Saving Time Started

When local standard time was about to reach
Sunday, April 28, 1985, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, April 28, 1985, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour later on Apr 28, 1985 than the day before. There was more light in the evening.

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

Oct 27

Back 1 hour

Oct 27, 1985 - Daylight Saving Time Ended

When local daylight time was about to reach
Sunday, October 27, 1985, 2:00:00 am clocks were turned backward 1 hour to
Sunday, October 27, 1985, 1:00:00 am local standard time instead.

Sunrise and sunset were about 1 hour earlier on Oct 27, 1985 than the day before. There was more light in the morning.

Also called Fall Back and Winter Time.

Other years: 1982 | 1983 | 1984 | 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988 | 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 1985
(51 in total, 48 where all observe DST, 1 which doesn't observe DST, 2 with parts on DST)

AlabamaApr 28 - Oct 27KansasApr 28 - Oct 27North DakotaApr 28 - Oct 27
AlaskaApr 28 - Oct 27KentuckyApr 28 - Oct 27OhioApr 28 - Oct 27
Arizona (northeast)Apr 28 - Oct 27LouisianaApr 28 - Oct 27OklahomaApr 28 - Oct 27
ArizonaNo DSTMaineApr 28 - Oct 27OregonApr 28 - Oct 27
ArkansasApr 28 - Oct 27MarylandApr 28 - Oct 27PennsylvaniaApr 28 - Oct 27
CaliforniaApr 28 - Oct 27MassachusettsApr 28 - Oct 27Rhode IslandApr 28 - Oct 27
ColoradoApr 28 - Oct 27MichiganApr 28 - Oct 27South CarolinaApr 28 - Oct 27
ConnecticutApr 28 - Oct 27MinnesotaApr 28 - Oct 27South DakotaApr 28 - Oct 27
DelawareApr 28 - Oct 27MississippiApr 28 - Oct 27TennesseeApr 28 - Oct 27
District of ColumbiaApr 28 - Oct 27MissouriApr 28 - Oct 27TexasApr 28 - Oct 27
FloridaApr 28 - Oct 27MontanaApr 28 - Oct 27UtahApr 28 - Oct 27
GeorgiaApr 28 - Oct 27NebraskaApr 28 - Oct 27VermontApr 28 - Oct 27
HawaiiNo DSTNevadaApr 28 - Oct 27VirginiaApr 28 - Oct 27
IdahoApr 28 - Oct 27New HampshireApr 28 - Oct 27WashingtonApr 28 - Oct 27
IllinoisApr 28 - Oct 27New JerseyApr 28 - Oct 27West VirginiaApr 28 - Oct 27
IndianaNo DSTNew MexicoApr 28 - Oct 27WisconsinApr 28 - Oct 27
Indiana (north, northwest)Apr 28 - Oct 27New YorkApr 28 - Oct 27WyomingApr 28 - Oct 27
IowaApr 28 - Oct 27North CarolinaApr 28 - Oct 27

DST in Other Locations in USA in 1985 (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.