When is Daylight Saving Time 2017? When do you change your clocks for Daylight Saving? How did this practice ofDSTbegin? The Old Farmer’s Almanac (around since the beginning of time or, at least, Benjamin Franklin’s day) answers your questions …
Daylight Saving Time is the practice of changing the clocks forward one hour from standard time during the summer months, and changing them back again in the fall. Find outwhen the seasons start here. The general idea is that this allows us all to make better use of natural daylight, however,DSThas many detractors.
Note that it’s called “Daylight Saving” (not “Savings”).OK, now thatTHAT’Sout of the way …
WHEN IS DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME 2017?
When do we set our clocks forward? Daylight Saving Time beginson Sunday, March 12, at 2:00A.M. Remember to “spring ahead” and set your clocks forward 1 hour (i.e., losing one hour). (We do this Saturday night when we go to bed.)
When do we set our clocks back? Daylight Saving Time endson Sunday, November 5, at 2:00A.M. Now, we “fall back” by setting your clocks back one hour (i.e., regaining one hour).
(The exceptions toDSTare Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)
WHY IS THERE DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME?
Here’s the short history of this phenomenon …
Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs toBenjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphletThe Waste of Daylight.
The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks).
During World WarII, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00A.M.on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00A.M.on the first Sunday in November.
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