Don't Forget To 'Spring Ahead' This Weekend
March 11, 2016 at 3:57 AM (PT)
Warmer weather is just around the corner, with SPRING (The SPRING Equinox) coming our way SUNDAY, MARCH 20th. But first, we all lose an hour of sleep this weekend -- as DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins at 2a local time on SUNDAY, MARCH 13th...so set your clocks an hour ahead before you hit the sack.
The History Of Daylight Saving
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is credited with the concept of DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME. The basic idea is to make the best use of daylight hours by shifting the clock forward in the SPRING and backward in the FALL. DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME has been in use throughout much of the U.S., CANADA, and EUROPE since WORLD WAR I. In 1966, President LYNDON JOHNSON signed an act into law whereby DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME begins on the last SUNDAY of APRIL and ends on the last SUNDAY of OCTOBER each YEAR. However, any state can opt out of DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME by passing a state law.
HAWAII does not observe DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME and neither does ARIZONA (although the NAVAJO NATION, in northeastern ARIZONA, does). For many years, most of INDIANA did not observe DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME, with the exception of ten counties. Beginning in 2006, all of INDIANA now observes DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME.
In 2005, President BUSH signed into law a new energy policy bill that would extend DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME by four weeks beginning in 2007, so DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME now begins at 2a local time on the second SUNDAY of MARCH and DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ends at 2a local time on the first SUNDAY of NOVEMBER.