News Sections
Audio
Turn Those Clocks Back Sunday At 2 A.M.
Updated November 3, 2017 8:21 AM
 Print    Archive    RSS
fLL Bk.jpg

(UNDATED) - It's time to turn your clocks back.

Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday, Nov. 5 - meaning when the clock strikes 2 a.m., we'll be "falling back" an hour to 1 a.m.

For morning people, that means there will be an extra hour of sunlight in the morning. However, that also means your evening commute may be in the dark.

Most of our computers, phones and DVRs do it automatically, it's not as much of a chore as it used to be.

Despite being practiced by many, lawmakers in several states are increasingly trying to avoid the time change, claiming it is unnecessary.

Daylight Saving Time occurs twice a year where we change our clocks forward an hour in the spring and back an hour in the fall.

Credit -- or blame -- for the biannual shift goes back to Benjamin Franklin, who published An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light in a 1784 journal after he noticed that people burned candles at night but slept past dawn. But he never saw his plan put into action. The U.S. first implemented daylight saving during World War I as a way to conserve fuel with the Standard Time Act of 1918, also known as the Calder Act.

In World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt implemented a year-round daylight saving time that was commonly known as "War Time."

In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act into law.

Under the act, states and territories can opt out of daylight saving. It isn't observed in Arizona (except the Navajo Nation), Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 - Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am. Set clocks back one hour.

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 am. Set clocks ahead one hour.

It is "Daylight Saving Time" (singular), not "Daylight Savings Time" (plural).

1974-1975 - Congress extends Daylight Saving Time in order to save energy during the energy crisis.

1986-2006 - Daylight Saving Time begins on the first Sunday in April and ends on the last Sunday in October.

August 8, 2005 - President George W. Bush signs the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law. Part of the act will extend Daylight Saving Time starting in 2007, from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
2007 - Under the new laws, all of Indiana now observes Daylight Saving Time, where only certain areas of the state did before.

Daylight saving is observed in approximately 70 countries, including most of those in North America and Europe. Many countries near the equator do not adjust their clocks for daylight saving. Neither China nor Japan observe the practice. Exceptions in the United States: In the United States, Hawaii and most of Arizona do not follow the practice.
The US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa also do not observe Daylight Saving Time.



« Previous Article
Next Article »

 Print    Archive    RSS

Have a question or comment about a news story? Send it to comments@wbiw.com

Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW
Find more about Weather in Bedford, IN
Advertise with 1340 AM WBIW


1340 AM WBIW, Bedford's Place To Talk. Serving Lawrence and surrounding counties since 1948!

© 2018 Ad-Venture Media, Inc. All Rights Reserved.   WBIW.com and Listen Live Powered by HPC

Advertise  |  Careers  |  Contests  |  About  |  Feedback  |  Public File