DST starts March 13 Kids News Article

DST will begin in North America on March 13, 2022. (Cityofsanrafael.org)

On March 13, 2022, most North Americans will mark the start of daylight saving time (DST) by “advancing” one hour. The clock handling will result in the loss of sixty minutes of precious sleep or Hobbies Sunday time. However, this will allow residents to enjoy longer days over the coming spring and summer months.

Benjamin Franklin was the first to suggest changing clocks to save candles in 1784. However, the American inventor, who writing his idea in a letter to the editor of Paris Diary, was not serious. Several other people tried to to convince their governments to change the clocks which ensues years. But their requests fell on deaf ears.

The Washington Herald informed Americans of the first daylight saving time change in 1916. (Washington Herald/CCO/Library of Congress)

the residents of Port Arthur and Fort William (now Thunder Bay) in Ontario, Canada, were the first to observe Daylight saving time in 1908. However, it was not until Germany implemented it in 1916 in order to save coal during World War I that daylight saving time began to to earn momentum. US lawmakers adopted the custom during the First and Second World Wars, but inverted back to standard time once battles are over. However, American cities and towns were allowed to continue the ritual after the second war. They might even determine their own start and end dates.

Unsurprisingly, this resulted in a mayhem. In 1965, the state of Iowa alone had 23 pairs of DST start and end dates. The Uniform Time Act of 1966 resolved the problem by establishing the same DST start and end dates across the United States. As the law was not mandatory, Hawaii, the U.S. territories — American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands — and most cities in Arizona pulled out.

DST start and end dates, originally set for the last Sundays of April and October respectively, have been modified twice. In 1986, President Ronald Reagan moved the start date to the first Sunday in April. In 2005, President George W. Bush rose through the ranks “spring forward” dates from the second Sunday of March and widened the “fallback” date to the first Sunday of November.

The US Congress has rejected state resolutions to abolish daylight saving time. (ncsl.org)

Although the dates vary, Summer time is observed in about 70 countries around the world. Japan, India and China are the only major industrialized countries that do not change their clocks. Despite that widespread Use the ritual is not very popular. Many people believe that losing an hour causes sleep deprivation and tiredleading to a decrease in productivity and more traffic and work accidents.

Over the years, 18 US states have passed resolutions for eliminate Summer time. However, the bills were all rejected by the federal government legislators. While the European Union has voted to abolish daylight saving time permanently in 2019, the change has not yet been implemented.

For those stuck with daylight saving time, experts suggest waking up an hour or two earlier this Friday and Saturday to let body and mind adjust to change. Going to bed an hour earlier on Saturday and basking in the sun for a few hours on March 13 will also help make the transition more smooth.

Happy “Spring Forward!”

Resources: Wikipedia.org, NBCchicago, timeanddate.com

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