Daylight Savings Time

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  1. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    Interesting Facts About Daylight Savings Time

    The idea of daylight saving was first conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784.

    First Used in Canada in 1908

    While Germany and Austria were the first countries to use DST in 1916, it is a little-known fact that a few hundred Canadians beat the German Empire by 8 years. On July 1, 1908, the residents of Port Arthur, Ontario, today's Thunder Bay, turned their clocks forward by 1 hour to start the world's first DST period.
    Other locations in Canada soon followed suit. On April 23, 1914, Regina in Saskatchewan implemented DST. The cities of Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba did so on April 24, 1916. According to the April 3, 1916, edition of the Manitoba Free Press, Daylight Saving Time in Regina “proved so popular that bylaw now brings it into effect automatically”.


    The Daylight Saving Act of 1917 was enacted by the Dominion of Newfoundland to adopt daylight saving time (DST), thus making it one of the first jurisdictions in North America to do so, only a year after the United Kingdom on May 21, 1916.

    The first Daylight Saving Time policy of WW1 began in Germany on May 1, 1916, in the hopes that it would save energy during World War I, according to Michael Downing, author of Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time. But, though Germans were first to mess with their clocks, they likely got the idea from Britain—and from someone whose ideas about Daylight Saving had little to do with conserving fuel.

    DST was introduced in the USA in 1918 to support the War Effort. It was known then as “Fast Time”. The DST law was repealed seven months later, although Pittsburgh, New York and Boston continued to use it.

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  2. Slipdigit

    Slipdigit Old Hickory Recon

    I hate the change. Leave it one way or the other.
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