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Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday morning at 2am.  So before you go to bed be sure to set your clocks an hour back.  Also it wouldn’t be a bad idea to check the batteries in your smoke detectors.

According to timeanddate.com the idea for daylight saving time was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin during his stay in Paris in 1784.  He published an essay, “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light”  that proposed to minimize the use of candles by using more natural daylight.

Although many believe Benjamin Franklin was the father of Daylight Saving Time, some believe it was George Vernon Hudson who proposed a two hour shift forward in October and a two hour shift back in March.

Germany was the first to use Daylight Saving Time in World War I. It was followed by other countries including Britain and the United States.  President Franklin D. Roosevelt  ordered year round daylight saving time called “War Time” from February 9, 1942 to September 30, 1945.  Time zones were called “Eastern War Time” “Central War Time” and  “Pacific War Time.”  After the victory over Japan in 1945, the time zones were renamed “Peace Time.”

Daylight Saving Time is now implemented in over seventy countries and affects over a billion people each year.  Other countries have beginning and end dates that are different from the U.S.

The last revision to Daylight Saving Time came in 2007 with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which extended the daylight hours by about an extra month.  Daylight Saving Time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

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