Daylight Saving Time Begins

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Daylight Saving Time Begins

Daylight Saving Time Begins History

Daylight Savings time was begun in an effort to help save energy and provide workers with more hours of serviceable daylight during the long summer days.  Daylight Savings Time was first introduced in the U.S. in 1918.  However, it was not until 1966, when the Uniform Act was passed, that all states had to either observe DST or pass a state law to abstain.

Facts about Daylight Saving Time Begins

  • In 2015 Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday March 8, 2015 at 2:00 a.m. local time.  Clocks will shift forward 1 hour, making the local time 3:00 a.m.
  • When Daylight Savings Time (DST) begins in the Northern Hemisphere, it is ending in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea of DST in 1784.  He wrote An Economical Project for the Journal of Paris, wherein he discussed the cost of oil for lamps as well as working while it was dark, and sleeping while it was day.
  • Daylight Savings Time changes at 2:00 a.m.  This time is selected in an effort to provide the least amount of inconvenience to businesses and citizens.
  • DST always begins on the second Sunday in March, and ends on the first Sunday in November.
  • Hawaii and Arizona do not use DST.  Up until 2006, Indiana only used DST in part of the state.

Daylight Saving Time Begins Top Events and Things to Do

  • Move your clocks forward 1 hour before bed on Saturday night.
  • Go to bed an hour earlier Saturday night.
  • Get outside and enjoy the extra hour of daylight.
  • Replace the batteries in the smoke alarm and carbon dioxide monitors.
  • Clean out the medicine cabinet.  Dispose of all medicines properly.

Daylight Saving Time Begins References and Related Sites

US Naval Observatory: Daylight Time
webexhibits.org: Benjamin Franklin

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