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Daylight saving time: 7 things to know

By Stephanie Toone, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Troy Warren for City News And Talk #local-all

With longer days comes a slight adjustment for sleepyheads Sunday — one less hour to sleep in.

On March 14, the beginning of daylight saving time will decrease an hour of sleep, in turn, the arrival of sunset will come one hour later.

For those who may not know the backstory on the time-changing occurrence, we’ve gathered some notable facts about daylight saving time:

The tradition started with bug hunting (of all things).

In 1895, George Hudson, New Zealand entomologist, thought up the modern concept of daylight saving time. He proposed a two-hour time shift, so he’d have more after-work hours of sunshine to go bug hunting in the summer, according to National Geographic. He presented his idea to the Wellington Philosophical Society, but it didn’t have any legs until British builder William Willett suggested a similar concept in 1905. His idea would be presented to the British Parliament in 1909. Still, that practice would not officially become standard in the United Kingdom until 1916.

Germany was the first country to observe daylight saving time.

On April 30, 1916, Germany embraced daylight saving time to conserve electricity, according to Weeks later, the United Kingdom followed suit and introduced “summer time.”

It’s “saving” not “savings.”

Though many people add an ‘s’ at the end of saving when writing and talking about it, the term is daylight saving time.

It’s been a law in the U.S. since 1966, but its origins date to 1918.

The law “to save daylight” was passed by Congress in 1918. After World War I, however, state governments were left to decide whether they wanted to continue with the time change.

The law resurfaced during World War II, but again, after the war, the time change decision was left to each state. Some states kept it, and others abandoned it.

Daylight saving time didn’t officially become a law until 1966, under the Uniform Time Act.

Congress did not decree the March and November daylight saving time slots until 2007. In that year, daylight saving time started the second Sunday in March and ended the first Sunday of November.

Not every U.S. state recognizes daylight saving time.

Though it’s become an international practice, there are a few places in the United States that do not observe daylight saving time. It is not observed in Hawaii and some areas in Arizona.

Georgia is considering ending daylight saving time.

A bill that passed in Georgia’s House of Representatives in early March would make daylight saving time permanent, which would put an end to the biannual time changes adopted by most states. Several state representatives said falling back and springing forward disrupts sleep patterns, contributes to car crashes and increases the number of heart attacks.

Even if the bill becomes law, it couldn’t take effect unless Congress acts.

What time does it officially begin?

At 2 a.m. Sunday, March 14, clocks are to be turned ahead one hour.