When Does Daylight Saving Time End?

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Daylight Saving Time 2014 ends on Sunday, November 2 at 2 A.M.   How did this practice of DST begin? Read more . . .

Before going to bed on Saturday, November 2, remember to "fall back" by setting your clocks back one hour. (The exceptions to DST are Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.)

Credit for Daylight Saving Time belongs to Benjamin Franklin, who first suggested the idea in 1784. The idea was revived in 1907, when William Willett, an Englishman, proposed a similar system in the pamphlet The Waste of Daylight.

The Germans were the first to officially adopt the light-extending system in 1915 as a fuel-saving measure during World War I. The British switched one year later, and the United States followed in 1918, when Congress passed the Standard Time Act, which established our time zones. This experiment lasted only until 1920, when the law was repealed due to opposition from dairy farmers (cows don't pay attention to clocks).

During World War II, Daylight Saving Time was imposed once again (this time year-round) to save fuel. Since then, Daylight Saving Time has been used on and off, with different start and end dates. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 A.M. on the second Sunday of March and ends at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November.

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So i was curious if anyone

By sarah t r

So i was curious if anyone knew if day light savings time actually feel on the full moon' or the equinox …originally. and for convenience we changed it

What happened to stopping DST

By jeff garrett

What happened to stopping DST ...I thought there was talk of doing away with it?

I think DST is silly and

By f.d.rhea

I think DST is silly and outdated - compare with Volunteer Fire Department sirens - just annoying -- everyone needs to let go of this outdated technology and move into the computer age !

We don't do DST in South

By Sil in Corea

We don't do DST in South Korea and it seems much more civilized. Stay with natural cycles. Although, the time zones are very arbitrary!

One additional thing to

By LJJ330OH

One additional thing to remember: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clocks.

I wish DST was shorter like

By Handy Randy

I wish DST was shorter like it was a few years ago. Mexico changed last Sunday Oct 28. I wonder what it is like to live near Arizona but have to travel there regularly for work.

I do not like DST and never

By Troutn2

I do not like DST and never have. It's just one more example of government intrusion where it is not needed. I like the analogy of the blanket by Mr. Myren above.

n/a

By VC

n/a

" It's not nice to fool

By SJ

" It's not nice to fool Mother Nature "

Do away w/DST - the cows

By H. J. Clay

Do away w/DST - the cows won't mind and the dairymen would enjoy the early daylight. Kids would be safer going to school w/daylight and megabucks would be saved in manhours resetting clocks twice a year - not only household clocks but municipal (town) clocks. Electriciity would be saved by earlier daylight in the morning hours. Bottom line DLS is outdated.

That's all you know about it.

By Just MenMyself

That's all you know about it. Cows most definately mind. You ever had a dairy or had milk cows?? I have and oh yes believe me they do mind. Very much. DLS cause health issues and stress all for a few to pretend they are not getting up early all for a big fat lie.

I could not agree with you

By VC

I could not agree with you more, DST is such a waste of time. Why can't we just leave the clocks alone?

I use the extra hour to set

By maryeagee

I use the extra hour to set the 10 clocks in my home. Then in the Spring, I try to figure out where am I going to find the TIME to re-set them, and by the time I accomplish that, it's time to re-re-set them. Results?: 10 clocks, all out of sync.

I sure like the "longer"

By Greggers

I sure like the "longer" evening in the summer. Why would I want it to get light at 4:30 am in the summer?

Extra Hour? Change your work

By KKDESIGN

Extra Hour?
Change your work times, go in an hour earlier. Imagine the howling if all employers told their employees to show up an hour earlier. As for the wedding, way to go, give the drunks an extra hour to get drunker before hitting the road.

Here in Puerto Rico, we don't

By Jose Quinones

Here in Puerto Rico, we don't observe Daylight Savings Time, but it is a real pain for me that you all do. Because I work in radio, and we receive lots of satellite programming from partners in the States, we have to adjust our clocks to suit yours twice per year. This means we have to stay up till 2 a.m. (our time) to watch while the clocks change and then monitor the rest of the night to be sure everything recorded properly. And since what is out of sight is out of mind, every year there is a scramble to find out which way your clocks are moving - and when! Many times we have messed it up and then have the wrong programs on the next day. :(

I really dislike Daylight

By Emily

I really dislike Daylight Savings Time. My 10 year old is going to school before daylight - not to mention the children that are waiting for a school bus at the side of the road in the dark. I prefer good old Standard Time. I particularly hate to "Spring Ahead"!

I like it because the kids

By geocachelinda

I like it because the kids won't have to go to school in the dark now!

only a fool would believe

By Al Myren

only a fool would believe ,that you can cut a foot off the top of a blanket,and sew it on the bottom, and have a longer blanket!

Well duh.....all you have to

By jophillips

Well duh.....all you have to do is turn the blanket around. That will put the foot on the top down on the bottom, right?
(joke)

An extra hour! I'm attending

By Catherine Boeckmann

An extra hour! I'm attending a wedding this weekend--good thing the groom remembered that all the guests would get an extra hour--great timing for us!

I'm amazed so many folks are

By Babs Clark

I'm amazed so many folks are indifferent to more/less daylight; expected the majority would favor the most daylight they could get.

Personally, due to sensitive eyes, the longer it stays dark the better it is for me.

There is a way to make either one a standard; however this means writing to your congress 'person' and it seems that's too much trouble for most these days.

I can understand why most

By Natalie Ison

I can understand why most prefer to leave time alone...but I enjoy Daylight Saving Time because by the time my husband and I get home from work there is still time left in the day for us to accomplish things out of doors; it adds more hours to my day I feel.

I would prefer the clocks not

By Robert Woollam

I would prefer the clocks not be changed.
leave on STANDARD TIME! Which is the natural process of the sun rising and setting. If should be standard across the country. Is there a way to make it standard?

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