Why Do We “Spring Forward”? The History of Daylight Saving Time

The history of daylight saving timeOn Sunday, many of us will set our clocks an hour ahead, giving us an “extra hour” of sunlight at the end of the day. While “springing forward” may seem simple enough, the history of Daylight Saving Time (DST) and the thought process behind it is a little more complicated.

According to timeanddate.com, DST is used to make better use of daylight and to save energy. Who invented Daylight Saving Time? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, but it’s a concept that has been alluded to in ancient civilizations and later made famous and adopted into common usage by scientists and politicians.

Here’s a look at the history of Daylight Saving Time:

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