FYI: 'FALL BACK' THIS WEEKEND - Details of Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, November 3, daylight saving time officially ends in Canada for 2013.  Clocks will ‘fall back’one hour at 2 a.m.  Not everyone in Canada observes daylight saving time however.

How and When Did Daylight Saving Time Start?

Ben Franklin was apparently the first person to suggest the concept of daylight saving time, according to computer scientist David Prerau. 

While serving as U.S. ambassador to France in Paris, Franklin wrote of being awakened at 6 a.m. and realizing, to his surprise, that the sun rose far earlier than he usually did. Imagine the resources that might be saved if he and others rose before noon and burned less midnight oil, Franklin, tongue half in cheek, wrote to a newspaper.

 "Franklin seriously realized it would be beneficial to make better use of daylight, but he didn't really know how to implement it," Prerau said.

 It wasn't until World War I that daylight savings were realized on a grand scale. Germany was the first state to adopt the time changes, to reduce artificial lighting and thereby save coal for the war effort. Friends and foes soon followed suit.

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