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Everything You Need To Know About Daylight Saving Time

November 3rd, 2013 by in History with 880 Views

Every year, two times a year, we either Spring ahead or fall back an hour on all of our clocks.  Luckily this takes place on a Saturday night/Sunday morning at 2:00 am so those who forget are not late for work on Monday. But many of us do not really know what daylight saving time is or why it began in the first place.

Ancient Roman water clocks were used to tell time during the day. This system had different scales for different months of the year in order to adjust the light and time to maximize day hours.


Benjamin Franklin, while in Paris in 1784, wrote an essay titled “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” in which he proposed that by waking earlier and using the sunlight as a source of light candle costs could be decreased. Though some people may have taken this into consideration and rose earlier in order to save on candle light costs, not everybody did and it was not mandated. It was he who coined the phrase “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”.


The modern idea of daylight saving time was proposed by an entomologist from New Zealand named George Vernon Hudson. He proposed in 1895  a two-hour daylight saving shift forward in October and back in March. He wrote an article regarding this topic in 1898 although it was never followed through by his country. (A link to his article follows… http://rsnz.natlib.govt.nz/volume/rsnz_31/rsnz_31_00_008570.html )


In 1905, William Willett, an Englishman, proposed to advance the clocks in the summer months in order to elongate the day light hours. Two years later after writing an article regarding this it caught the attention of Robert Pearce who introduced a bill to the House of Commons in 1908. After many drafts and many presentations with oppositions by farmers the bill was never passed and made into a law.

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  • liz soliven

    I have learned a lot from this article, my father use to tell me that I have to go to bed early so I can wake up early because there will be a lot of work and can save time as well.

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    In the United States Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m. local time
    on the second Sunday in March. On the first Sunday in November areas on
    Daylight Saving Time return to Standard Time at 2:00 a.m. When Daylight
    Saving Time begins turn your clocks ahead one hour. At the end of Daylight Saving Time turn your clocks back one hour.

  • Geofrey Bett

    Wow the article is so inspirational and educative. I totaly agree that “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”.

  • Sakil Hossen

    An important thing I really don’t know much about daylight saving, so this post is pretty much helped me learn what’s this actually is!! To use better natural lighting and to reduce artificial energy consuming I guess such time saving needed to introduce all around globe.