Here’s how daylight saving became a ‘thing’

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You either hate it, or love it. But, daylight saving is tomorrow, March 9. A day (or techinically night?) you will have to “spring ahead”, and adjust your clock one hour earlier.

But daylight saving hasn’t always been a concept. Here’s how the yearly time change started.

Some people believe Benjamin Franklin is the reason we turn our clocks back an hour in fall, and change them an hour ahead in the spring. But, this may not be the case. According to, Franklin is actually not the reason, but the confusion is understanding.

When Franklin was in Paris in 1784, he become frustrated that he was constantly being forced out of his sleep at 6 a.m., because of the summer sun. So, in Franklin fashion, he wrote a satirical essay, suggesting Parisians, “simply wake up at dawn.” He also said, they could save $200 million, if they just used the sun instead of candlelight. As a result of his essay, people believe Franklin started Daylight Saving Time. But really, he just didn’t want people to keep waking up early from the sun.

Germany was also the first country to recognize daylight saving. According to National Geographic, in April of 1916, two years into World War I, Germany recognized the time change to conserve energy. Although the United Kingdom talked about implementing the change for years, they didn’t do it until a few weeks after Germany. Soon, almost every country fighting in World War I started recognizing daylight saving.

It wasn’t until 1918 when the United States enacted the daylight saving law.

The time change, contrary to belief, did not benefit farmers in the U.S. American farmers didn’t want the time change, as it actually made them lose money, not gain it. The sun was used to tell farmers when to go home. So when the sun started to set earlier, farmers would go home, causing less work to be done in the day.

Not everyone in the United States recognizes Daylight Saving Time. In fact, Hawaii and Arizona, play no part in the time difference, just sticking to standard, year round time.

No matter if you hate it, or love it, it is still a sign summer is coming. So don’t forget to “spring forward”, and set your manual  clocks an hour ahead.

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