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The history of Daylight Saving Time

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It's time to "fall back." But why do we set our clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. in November? We have that, and tons of other answers to questions you might have. It's time to "fall back." But why do we set our clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. in November? We have that, and tons of other answers to questions you might have.

(Meredith/CNN) -- It's time to "fall back." But why do we set our clocks back an hour at 2 a.m. in November? We have that, and tons of other answers to questions you might have!

When does it happen?

Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 5, 2017. An easy way to remember this is that we "fall back" one hour.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11, 2018. An easy way to remember this is that we "spring forward" one hour.

Pronunciation

"Daylight Saving Time" vs. "Daylight Saving(s) Time."

Which is correct?

"Daylight Saving Time."

Daylight Saving Time's Timeline

  • 1784: The idea of daylight saving is first conceived by Benjamin Franklin.
  • 1914-1918: Britain goes on DLS during World War I.
  • March 19, 1918: The Standard Time Act establishes time zones and daylight saving. Daylight saving is repealed in 1919, but continues to be recognized in certain areas of the United States.
  • 1945-1966: There is no federal law regarding Daylight Saving Time.
  • 1966: The Uniform Time Act of 1966 establishes the system of uniform Daylight Saving Time throughout the United States. The dates are the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. States can exempt themselves from participation.
  • 1974-1975: Congress extends DLS 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. Since 2007, Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November.

Locations That Don't Change Their Clocks

  • Hawaii and most of Arizona do not follow Daylight Saving Time.
  • The US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa also do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

What countries follow Daylight Saving Time?

  • About 70 countries around the world observe Daylight Saving Time.
  • Many countries near the equator do not adjust their clocks for daylight saving.
  • Neither China nor Japan observes Daylight Saving Time.
  • Some countries refer to "Daylight Saving Time" as "Summer Time."

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