March 12, 2021 | by: Amanda Misner

A Brief History On Daylight Saving Time

Love it OR Hate it… it’s happening!

As of 2 am Sunday March 14th, clocks across most of North America “spring forward” an hour. So why do we do this?

✓ The idea of ‘Daylight Saving Time’ was 1st proposed in 1895 by New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson, and although people were interested, it never caught on.

✓ In 1905, William Willett came up with the same idea in London. Why? He was an avid golfer who hated cutting short his Summer rounds on the links. Again, the idea failed to catch on.

✓ The Germans and their allies were the first to implement Daylight Saving Time as a way of conserving coal during WW1. Britain and many other European countries followed.

✓ The US adopted DST in 1918, but it wasn’t until 1966 that the whole country observed it (except Hawaii and most of Arizona). All Canadian provinces were on DST by the 1970s, except most of Saskatchewan. More recently, Canada’s Yukon Territory has moved to remain on DST year-round, and many Canadian provinces and US states are considering similar moves.

Don’t forget to Spring forward this weekend!

Source: CBC