Edy wrote:Good history lesson, Deejay! I remember those separate Presidential holidays, too. But, I have no idea who the elite planners were, who had to change things. Memorial Day is no longer celebrated at the end of May, as it used to be, since somebody in his/her superior wisdom created all those three-day weekends regardless of the actual day to be observed.
I think they even wanted to include Veterans' Day, but somebody put a foot down on that idea, since it was a reminder of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the original Armistice Day at the end of WW1.
And, while we're at it, where did "daylight savings time" originate, anyway? Another superior planner controlling the marionettes behind the screen?
President Nixon signed the Monday Holiday Bill into law, making Memorial Day the last Monday of May, as well as putting other holidays on Mondays--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, President's Day, for example--on Monday to give people a three-day weekend.
Daylight Savings Time was originally proposed by Benjamin Franklin, who observed shopkeepers beginning work before dawn and working until after dusk. This used up a lot of expensive wax candles, and he wanted to curb that. But Daylight Savings Time as we know it came about, if I remember correctly, during WWII, when it was called War Time. Afterwards, it became DST. Originally it was the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, but now they have it at the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November. I think April to October makes more sense. Changes like that are due to acts of Congress.