Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend—at 2:00 A.M. on Sunday, March 8.
Before going to bed on Saturday, March 7, remember to “spring forward” by setting your clocks 1 hour ahead. Not every place practices Daylight Saving Time (exceptions: Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa).
Credit for Daylight Saving Time goes to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.
The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched 1 year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones.
This experiment lasted until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don’t pay attention to clocks). During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time, year-round) to save fuel.