Daylight saving time: A brief video history

Posted at 11:20 AM, Mar 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-06 11:25:55-05

It's time once again to move clocks forward in accordance with daylight saving time.

DST is meant to stretch the hours of daylight during summer months and begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 11. 

Here are some DST facts:

  • Daylight saving time originated in Germany on April 30, 1916.
  • In the U.S., a seasonal version of DST was signed into law in 1918 by President Woodrow Wilson to help World War I efforts.
  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt enacted year-round DST in the U.S. in 1942.
  • DST caused confusion for bus and train schedules when states and localities were not mandated to use it. In 1966, congress passed the Uniform Time Act declaring everyone must participate.
  • More than 70 countries world-wide honor daylight saving time.
  • The current U.S. schedule began in 2007 and follows the Energy Policy Act of 2005.