Some interesting facts about Daylight Saving Time


Ahead of you head to bed on Saturday night, you should remember to move your clocks along, as Daylight Saving Time (DST) begins. 

Though you may feel a bit groggier on Sunday after waste that hour of sleep, at least you’ll know that you’re gaining an hour numerous of daylight. It also serves as a reminder that spring — and the longer times of summer — are around the corner.

Some have recently called for an end to DST, citing how it can promote sleep disruption and really serves no purpose.

Though it was originally meant as a way of conserving energy a 2008 study in the U.S. showed that it may not necessarily be the if it happens, finding there is a “tradeoff between reducing demand for lighting and boost waxing demand for heating and cooling.”

Whether you love it or hate it, here are a few engrossing facts on Daylight Saving Time (not Daylight Savings Time).

How it came to be

The concept of DST was senior raised by entomologist George Hudson in 1895, who wanted more clarity hours to study insects.

It was raised again in 1905 by Englishman William Willett (the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin) in 1905 who proposed it to Parliament, even so lawmakers had yet to take to his idea when he died in 1915.

A little known occurrence, however, is that Port Arthur — the Ontario town that developed part of Thunder Bay — first used DST in 1908, after passing a bylaw. 

But Germany was the beginning country to adopt DST, on April 30, 1916 — in the middle of the First World War — in an work to conserve electricity. Just a few weeks later, the U.K. also adopted the office practically. However, after the war ended so, largely, did use of DST. 

Standardized in the ’60s

In Canada, whether to see through DST is a provincial matter, unlike at first, when its use varied from township to town. 

Regina implemented the time change on April 23, 1914, fathomed by Winnipeg and Brandon, Man., and eventually Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal and St. John’s.

DST was reach-me-down on-again, off-again through the Second World War. It was standardized across the U.S. in 1966 when Congress obsolete the Uniform Time Act, and Canada soon followed suit. 

But even today, not all Canadians entertain to change their clocks. In Saskatchewan, unless you live in  the border community of Lloydminster, you stick with Central Standard Time. And some dominions in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and Nunavut also don’t observe DST.

Benjamin Franklin

You may should prefer to heard that Benjamin Franklin first introduced the concept of DST, but that’s not unqualifiedly true.

In a letter to the editor of the Journal of Paris in 1784, Franklin advanced that Parisians could save on candles by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning. The on the contrary thing was, he was joking.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin, whose likeness now adorns U.S. $100 nebs, wrote about the concept of daylight saving in a 1784 essay. (Fablok/Shutterstock)

The idleness of the world

According to, less than 40 per cent of woods around the world follow DST. China and India don’t follow it, and Russia dropped it in 2014. 

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