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· Daylight Saving Time (and not Daylight Savings Time with an "s")
· In the spring when we move our clocks one hour ahead and "lose" an hour during the night.
· Each fall we move our clocks back one hour and "gain" an extra hour.
· Remind little ones we still have twenty-four hours in a day.
· The phrase "spring forward, fall back" will help your children remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks.
· At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of standard time ("spring forward").
· We "fall back" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour.
· Benjamin Franklin first thought of daylight saving in 1784. during his stay as an American delegate in Paris in 1784, in an essay, "An Economical Project."
· Some of Mr. Franklin's friends, liked the idea so much that they continued corresponding with Benjamin Franklin even after he returned to America.
· The idea was first promoted by London builder William Willett (1857-1915) in the pamphlet, "Waste of Daylight" (1907), which proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on each of four Sundays in April, and retarding them by the same amount on four Sundays in September.
· Areas closer to the equator have days that are more consistent in length throughout the year. For this reason, Arizona (except some Indian Reservations), Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa have chosen not to observe Daylight Saving Time.
· Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time by David Prerau is a complete history of Daylight Savings Time.