Archive for Sunday, April 3, 2005

Daylight-saving time begins

April 3, 2005

If you're running unusually late today - say an hour or so - you might not have remembered to "spring forward" your clocks for the start of daylight-saving time.

Lansing residents joined most of the United States early today to mark the start of daylight-saving time.

Clocks should have been moved an hour forward at 2 a.m.

Benjamin Franklin is proposed the idea of daylight-saving time in 1784. A paper done in 1998 by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress said that while Franklin was a minister in France, it occurred to him that during the part of the year when the sun rises while most people are still asleep, clocks could be reset to allow an extra hour of daylight during waking hours. By his calculations French shopkeepers could save 1 million francs per year on candles.

But Franklin's ideas were ahead of their time. Daylight-saving time was not formally adopted in the United States until 1918.

Since that time, there have been several incarnations of the law, the most recent in 1986, when Congress permanently shifted the starting date of daylight time to the first Sunday in April. Only Arizona, Hawaii and parts of Indiana do not observe the annual time change.

And about that hour you lost : don't fret. You'll get it back on the last Sunday in October - Oct. 30 this year - when the nation shifts back to standard time.

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