Don't forget: Daylight Savings Time | News
Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night! Daylight Savings Time officially starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10.
Sunday night everyone will lose an hour of sleep as we “spring ahead” into a season marked by more daylight in the evening hours.
A few interesting facts about Daylight Savings Time from the website www.timeanddate.com:
-Benjamin Franklin first proposed DST in 1784 but the modern idea of DST is attributed to George Hudson, an entomologist from New Zealand who proposed a two-hour daylight saving shift in 1895. A similar proposal made by English builder William Willett went before the House of Commons in 1908 but never made it into law.
-DST was first adopted by several European countries in 1916 during World War I.
-DST has not always been one hour forward or backward. There have also been times where half an hour, two hours or 20 or 40 minutes have been used as adjustments.
-The phrase “fall back, spring ahead,” a helpful reminder of which way the clocks change each season, has been around since the early 19th century. A newspaper in 1928 printed the phrase “Spring forward – Fall Back!” to inform readers of DST.
-A total of 160 countries do not observe DST at all, including China, Russia, India, and many South American and African countries. To see a full list of places that do and don’t observe DST, click here: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2013.html
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