Daylight Savings Time Starts Sunday, March 13
Benjamin Franklin conceived the idea of daylight savings time while he was a delegate in Paris in 1784.
Modern DST was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson, New Zealand entomologist and astronomer, who became aware of the value of after-hours daylight. In 1895 he presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society that proposed a two-hour daylight-saving shift.
Starting on April 30, 1916, Germany and its World War I allies were the first to use DST as a way to conserve coal during wartime.
United States adopted daylight savings time in 1918.
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