Hopefully you heeded yesterday’s reminders. Welcome to “Summer Time” or Daylight Saving Time. As noted in a previous column, the purpose of this adjustment is to make better use of daylight.
Benjamin Franklin was the American delegate to Paris and identified this idea in Paris in 1784 and posted his reasons in an essay entitled, “An economical Project.”
William Willett was a London builder and also proposed advancing clock is 20 minutes on consecutive Sundays in April and lessening the same amount on four Sundays in September.
After a Century after Ben and William’s suggestions, the U.S. Department of Transportation adopted National Standard time with train schedules.
Energy benefits of “Summer Time” were recognized during World War II.