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March 6, 2018 > Daylight saving time begins March 11

Daylight saving time begins March 11

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the DST plan, believing that altering time twice a year would cause better use of daylight hours and save on oil used to light winter nights. The plan went into effect in 1918 under U.S. federal law, but states had the option to observe it or not. During World War II daylight saving time was mandatory for the entire country in order to save resources. When the war ended, the time change went back to being optional, and several states and U.S. territories currently choose to ignore it, including Arizona, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.

Remember to ?spring forward? and move clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed on Saturday, March 10 and wake up Sunday to the promise of brighter evenings.

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