Don’t forget to move your clocks forward tonight before you go to bed (or at 2:00 AM, if you’re awake then!). Curious about the history of Daylight Savings Time? Check out these trivia from our newsletter, researched by Donna Avina.
- Benjamin Franklin, as a joke, was first to suggest Daylight Saving Time in 1784.
- In 1885, New Zealander George Hudson again proposed the idea, and was ridiculed for it.
- The idea was again revived in 1907 by Englishman William Willett to combat a “waste of daylight.”
- The Germans were the first to officially adopt it in 1915 as a fuel saving measure, but it was repealed in 1920 when dairy farmers opposed it.
- Since WWII Daylight Saving Time has been used around the world to save fuel, and to make better use of natural daylight.
This year’s Daylight Savings Time begins March 10, 2019 at 2 a.m.