What is Daylight Savings Time and where did it come from?
In the spring, the clock moves ahead (losing one hour) when Daylight Savings Time starts, and falls back one hour (gaining one hour) when Daylight Savings Time ends in the fall. To remember which way the clock goes, keep in mind one of these sayings: “Spring forward, fall back” or “spring ahead, fall behind.”
The History Behind It
During the First World War, Germany instituted a daylight saving program to save power. They ordered everyone to set their clocks ahead by one hour. Doing this made it so that it was light longer into the evening, saving their country energy in the form of electricity.
The invention of Daylight Savings Time was mainly credited to William Willett in 1905 when he came up with the idea of moving the clocks forward in the summer to take advantage of the daylight in the mornings and the lighter evenings. His proposal suggested moving the clocks 20 minutes forward each of four Sundays in April, and switching them back by the same amount on four Sundays in September.
The DST schedule in the US was revised several times throughout the years, in which the DST schedule period lasted for about seven months from 1987 to 2006. The current schedule began in 2007, where Daylight Savings Time starts on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.