Daylight Savings 2021: When do we turn the clocks back in the US?

DAYLIGHT Saving Time happens twice a year and is a sign of the changing seasons.

In the spring, we change the clocks forward so that darkness falls at a later clock time and in the fall, we change it back.

Daylight savings 2021: When does the time change?

Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 2:00am, giving American's an extra hour in the day.

This time is often referred to as "fall back."

While most phones will automatically change the time, American's will have to manually reset ovens, microwaves, car radios and other various clocks around their house to reflect the new time.

Who invented Daylight Saving Time?

DST was first introduced by Benjamin Franklin in his essay "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light", which was published in the Journal de Paris in 1784.

Despite introducing it in 1784, Franklin's idea was forgotten about until William Willett wrote the pamphlet, "The Waste of Daylight."

Willett's pamphlet caused British Summer Time to be introduced by the Parliament in 1916 and then, two years later, the House of Representatives voted 252 to 40 to pass a law "to save daylight," marking the official first daylight saving time on March 15, 1918.

This was initially met with much resistance, according Michael Downing, author of the book "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time," but has since become a custom.

Do all US states follow DST?

From 1945 to 1966, there was no federal law which required states to follow DST so many opted out.

The state's decisions then caused mass confusion prompting former President Richard Nixon to sign into law the Emergency Daylight Time Energy Conservation Act in 1974, prior to his resignation.

As of 2021, there are only two states that don't observe DST including Hawaii and Arizona.

There are also multiple US territories that don't observe it including:

  • American Samoa
  • Guam
  • The Northern Mariana Islands
  • Puerto Rico
  • The US Virgin Island

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