This Sunday Fall BACK One Hour

Unless you care to be not-so-fashionably early, be sure to move your clocks back one hour early this coming Sunday for Daylight Savings!

This Sunday, November 3rd at 2am, most clocks in the United States will roll back an hour, giving us a little more sleeping time at least for a day.

So where exactly did the concept of Daylight Savings come from?

Some say that it was Ben Franklin, founding father and the inventor of electricity who was the first person to suggest the concept of daylight saving time. Upon the realization that the sun would rise earlier than he did around 6 a.m., Franklin proposed in a letter to a newspaper that many resources might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less oil in the evening. However, it wasn’t until the first World War in the early 20th Century that daylight savings was really realized on a more grand scale. Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit.

Others believe that daylight savings was instead first proposed by entomologist George Vernon Hudson in 1895 as a way to extend daylight hours in the summer.

In the United States, a federal law standardized the yearly start and end of daylight saving time in 1918, however, with the exception of the latter part of World War II and during the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo, it has never been mandatory for every state to participate in. Currently, residents of Arizona and Hawaii do not observe daylight savings.

For those depending on iPhones and other mobile devices as their main source of time, be sure to double check your settings to be sure the time change will automatically update!