Daylight saving time 2014: When do we turn our clocks forward? And why?

Posted: March 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

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(CNN) — Here’s some background information about Daylight Saving Time, a system to reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours.

Facts:
Sunday, March 9, 2014 – Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am. Set clocks ahead one hour.

Sunday, November 2, 2014 – Daylight Saving Time will end at 2am. Set clocks back one hour.

It is “Daylight Saving Time” (singular), not “Daylight Savings Time” (plural).

Beginning in 2007, Daylight Saving Time starts in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Timeline:
1784 – The idea of daylight saving is first conceived by Benjamin Franklin.

1914-1918 – Britain goes on DLS during World War I.

March 19, 1918 – The Standard Time Act establishes time zones and daylight savings. Daylight savings is repealed in 1919, but continues to be recognized in certain areas of the U.S.

1945-1966 – There is no…

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