Even though it doesn’t feel that much colder, Daylight Saving Time (DST) ends this weekend and we return back to standard time at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour before you go to bed Saturday night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep.
Ben Franklin was the first to suggest Daylight Saving Time in an essay in 1784. Thunder Bay, Ontario was the first city to use the concept in 1908 with Germany becoming the first DST country in 1916.
The U.S. began using DST in 1918 according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology. It was first called Fast Time to support the World War I effort. It was repealed 7 months later, but re-established in 1942 during World War II, called War Time. In 1945, several states adopted DST permanently, then renamed Peace Time. In 1966, congress passed the Uniform Time Act making standard start and end dates to DST. The schedule has been revised a number of times since then, most recently in 2007. Daylight Saving Time now starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.