It is just about that time again. For many of us in around the world the clocks will go back an hour on Sunday November 2nd at 2:00am, giving us that much needed extra hour of weekend sleep.
Daylight savings time (DST) has been around for a while now – far beyond my lifetime, but do you know the history behind it?
When do we set our clocks?
DST begins on the second Sunday in March when we set our clocks ahead 1 hour. Clocks are then set back an hour on the first Sunday in November. These dates changed in March of 2007.
Why was daylight savings created and when did it start?
If we want to get technical, daylight savings started, in various forms, back with ancient civilizations. At one time the daylight hours were divided up into 12 equal portions. This resulted in longer hours in the summer and shorter hours in the winter.
DST as we know it today, started at different times in different countries, but for the most part happened around the turn of the 20th century. During World War I, a scarcity of resources resulted in Germany instituting the first daylight saving laws in 1915. This reduced the number of hours after dark that people stayed up before bed, and reduced the strain on fuel sources.
Canada was one of the many countries to follow suit and adopted the policy back in 1917. The US followed shortly after in 1918. Canada was the first jurisdiction in North America to adopt the policy.
Where is daylight savings time used?
Many countries all around the world use DST, however, the majority of these are located in the northern hemisphere, and almost all of North America practices with the exception of a few pockets. From a population standpoint, the total number of people who follow daylight savings are in the minority on a global scale.
Daylight savings misconception…
I had to add this as I saw a post on FailBlog that cracked me up. It is well worth taking a quick look for a laugh.
Perhaps this guy, Chris Hill, needs to be taxed!