Daylight Savings Time – Fun Facts
Daylight Savings Time Ends November 2nd, 2014!
Ready to gain one hour of sleep? It’s that time of year again already! Yep…it is “Time”…no pun intended…to set those watches, blue ray players, car stereos clocks and wall clocks back one hour. Before you go to bed on Saturday night, make sure you set your clocks!
It’s always interesting to wonder why we do this in the first place. There are so many stories and rumors about how Daylight Savings Time started, it might be fun to read some real facts of how it originated.
In fact, did you know that the concept of something much like Daylight Saving Time was referenced by Benjamin Franklin in a satirical 1784 essay titled “An Economical Project.” After several European countries put daylight time into practice during World War I, the United States formally adopted it in 1918, but it proved unpopular and was discontinued in 1919. (The U.S. still had a large agrarian sector back then, and far fewer businesses stayed open into the later evening hours, so most people tended to rise and retire earlier than they do today, negating the practicality of shifting an hour’s worth of daylight away from early morning.)