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Learn more about Daylight Saving Time

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It’s almost time for Daylight Saving Time.

In the spring most of the country set their clocks forward an hour and in the fall they move them back an hour. This Happens twice a year, on the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in November in the U.S., and is known as Daylight Saving Time.

Most of Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not observe DST.

So how did Daylight Saving get started? And why do some places participate and others don’t?

The concept was created to get more use out of daylight in the summer. Residents who live closer to the North or South Pole experience more daylight in the summer than they would in the winter.

Daylight Saving allows more time for people to enjoy summer evenings before the sun sets.

Benjamin Franklin was the first person to come up with the idea. He wrote about the idea in an essay in 1784, according to WebExhibits.

It wasn’t until 1907 that the idea was taken seriously. A London builder named William Willett began advocating the idea.

The idea was finally passed by the British Parliament and took effect May 21, 1916, according to WebExhibits.

The U.S. adopted the concept in 1918.

Daylight Saving has been changed several times since then. Even today, different countries turn their clocks back/forward at different times, if at all.

You can learn more about DST here.

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night.

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