Summer Time Begins (Europe)

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2018 Date:25 March, 2018
2019 Date:31 March, 2019

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Summer Time Begins (Europe) History

Summer Time marks the end of school, warmer temperatures and longer days, and an atmosphere of relaxation for many Europeans.  An English builder named William Willet, wrote a pamphlet called The Waste of Daylight in 1905.  Mr. Willet saw a need for workers to capitalize on the longer summer days and campaigned in the House of Commons until his death in 1915.  In 1916, the UK officially recognized DST, having waited until the first World War had ended, not wanting to add confusion to military strategies.

Summer Time Begins (Europe) Facts & Quotes

  • Summer Time begins Sunday March 27, 2015 at 1:00 a.m. GMT.  Clocks will shift forward 1 hour, becoming 2:00 a.m. BST.
  • BST begins the last Sunday in March and ends the last Sunday in October.
  • All members of the European Union adhere to BST as of 1996.
  • According to a study by the University of Alabama, there's a spike in heart attacks during the first week of summer time when the clocks shift forward.
  • Daylight Savings time doesn't save shit.  All it does is screw up the clock up and piss me off, but it's either do it or be early for everything - Andy Rooney, American radio and television writer

Summer Time Begins (Europe) Top Events and Things to Do

  • Move your clocks forward 1 hour before bed on Saturday night.
  • Get outside and enjoy the extra hour of daylight.
  • Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon dioxide monitors.
  • Go to bed an hour earlier Saturday night.

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