“Spring Forward, Fall Back”
Daylight Savings begins Sunday, March 12th! That’s only 3 days away! Make sure to move your clocks one hour forward! Unfortunately, we lose an hour of sleep but spring break is next week and will give you time to catch up on some zzzzz’s! Here is a little fun fact about how daylight savings was started!
Benjamin Franklin takes the credit of Daylight Savings Time because he was the first who suggested the idea of it in 1784. This idea was established in 1907 when William Willett, an Englishman, who offered a similar system in the pamphlet The 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 This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks).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 War II, 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 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.
Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac