Bad news for the sleep deprived: It’s time to “spring forward.”
Most of us will simply set the clock ahead one hour before going to sleep Saturday. Those who want to be chronologically correct 24/7 need to move the hour hand on their wristwatch ahead one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday.
If it seems we’re springing ahead sooner than usual, you’re stuck in the past. Congress, in 2005, amended the Uniform Time Act of 1966 to move Daylight Saving Time to the second Sunday of March beginning in 2007. Previously, most of America sprung forward the first week of April.
We’ll “fall back” to Standard Time the first Sunday of November.
Here’s some interesting tidbits about time:
* Ben Franklin, at age 78, came up with the idea of Daylight Saving Time in 1784, perhaps to save the money he was burning for lamp oil in his Paris home.
* Federal law does not require the time change, but most states do it. Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands do not deviate from Standard Time.
* Congress first legislated for the observance of daylight saving time nationwide to preserve fuel during World War I. DST was abolished in 1919 because it was unpopular. DST returned in WW II, once again to preserve fuel. But, as soon as the war was over the federal DST mandate was again struck.
* The Uniform Time Act of 1966 came about because the transportation industry sought nationwide consistency in time observance. Though the Act has been amended many times, it remains in effect.
* The U.S. Naval Observatory and the U.S. Department of Commerce keep the official time for the United States.