Spring Forward: A Brief History on Daylight Savings

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For many (not all) in the United States, Daylight Savings will begin on Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 2:00am, and end Sunday, November 4, 2012 at 2:00am. This means, starting tomorrow morning we will be losing an extra hour, but just think, we will be gaining a little extra daytime...perfect for the Spring and Summer seasons to come!

A few years ago, we had to PCS overseas where Daylight Savings was pretty much non-existent. This took a little while to get used to. The concept is pretty simple, but many don't realize the history behind it. I thought it would be fun to share a bit of information on how and why Daylight Savings came about.

Did you know that in 1784, Ben Franklin was the first to promote the idea? His reasoning was of a frugal nature--conserving the use of candles by having everyone rise earlier. He even went as far as to create a proposal--taxing those who had window shutters and rationing the use of candles. Hence the term, "Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

In 1895, George Vernon Hudson, a man who really valued his extra daylight hours for pleasure reasons, was the one who actually pushed for it. It was then first used during World War I, to help conserve coal and reduce the need for artificial lighting.

So there you have it--a brief account on the history of Daylight Savings. Now don't forget to bring those clocks forward, and more importantly, enjoy the upcoming months of extra sunshine!