Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, November 1, at 2 am, so set your clocks back one hour – that means you get an extra hour of sleep this weekend!
A few fun facts about Daylight Savings Time:
Clocks will be set ahead one hour on Sunday, March 13, 2016.
The system was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1782 to help reduce electricity usage by extending daylight hours, but was not put into affect at that time.
On March 19, 1918, the Standard Time Act established time zones and daylight savings. Daylight savings was repealed in 1919, but continued to be recognized in certain areas of the United States.
From 1945-1966 there was no federal law regarding Daylight Saving Time.
In 1966, The Uniform Time Act established the system of uniform Daylight Saving Time throughout the US. The dates were set to the last Sunday in April through the last Sunday in October. States were able to exempt themselves from participation.
From 1974-1975 Congress extended DLS in order to save energy during the energy crisis.
On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law. Part of that act extended DLS starting in 2007, from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
Under new laws in 2007, all of Indiana began observing DLS, where only certain areas of the state did before.
Today in the US, Hawaii and most of Arizona do not follow DLS. The US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Island and American Samoa also do not observe DLS. About 70 countries around the world observe DLS, but China and Japan do not. Many counties near the equator do not adjust their clocks either.