Get ready for more sunlight during the evening! It’s time to set your clocks forward one hour for daylight saving time, which officially starts at 2 AM on Sunday, March 14th.

Fun Facts about Daylight Saving Time (DST)

  • The first known use of DST was July 1, 1908, when the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, switched their clocks ahead one hour, but the idea didn’t catch on until Germany introduced DST in 1916.
  • The United States did not get on board until Congress passed the Standard Time Act of 1918. It was called “Fast Time”. It was repealed in 1919 and not reestablished until World War II where it was called “War Time”. In 1966, the Uniform Time Act finally standardized Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S.
  • DST starts at 2 AM because at the time it was when the fewest trains were running thus less disruption.
  • Weather records do not take into account DST. Local climate data and storm reports are archived in standard time or Zulu time.
  • In September 1999, DST helped prevent a terrorist bombing. When West Bank terrorists failed to realize that Israel had switched back to standard time, their bombs exploded an hour too early—killing three terrorists instead of the intended victims.
  • In the U.S., DST is not observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Arizona (with the exception of the state’s Navajo Nation).

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