Spring Forward, Fall Back, Time to Adjust Your Clocks

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Tomorrow Time Changes

Early Sunday morning people across the United States will gain an hour of sleep. If you are still awake, at 2 am on November 6, change your clocks, watches, and so forth back to 1 am. If you prefer to go to bed earlier then simply make the change before you plunk down on your mattress.

daylightsavings

As daylight saving time comes to an end, most people forget that they moved their clocks forward, one hour, last March. The purpose of this change is to conserve energy It was a tradition started by Benjamin Franklin. Daylight saving time ends on the first Sunday in November.

Franklin believed that people could save that hour instead of waste energy on lights, and other electrical needs. Following all of the controversy, for and against the hour change, it was not officially initiated until May, 1916. Franklin, at the time, was the ambassador to Paris, In 1784 he wrote a letter to the journal of Paris rejoicing over his discovery that the sun provides light as soon as it rises.

Through the years DST was actually stopped and once again started. Following the war U.S. states and cities were offered a choice of observing DST, or not. This led to total chaos. Imagine, driving across town to a larger city and discovering you had an hour difference in time.

Finally, in 1966, to end the chaos, Congress enacted the Uniform Time Act. This established a uniform protocol for time changes. The dates were once again changed in 2007 with the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This is the “time” we presently live by.

 

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