The history of daylight-saving time, which the US Senate just voted to make permanent

The history of daylight-saving time, which the US Senate just voted to make permanent

US Markets Loading… H M S Updated 2022-03-15T20:25:13Z Sunset over the Arizona desert Shutterstock The idea for daylight-saving time is attributed to thinkers including Benjamin Franklin, scientist George Hudson, and a British man named William Willett, who published a pamphlet in 1907 titled “The Waste of Daylight,” which argued for an extra 80 minutes of…

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The idea for daylight-saving time is attributed to thinkers including Benjamin Franklin, scientist George Hudson, and a British man named William Willett, who published a pamphlet in 1907 titled “The Waste of Daylight,” which argued for an extra 80 minutes of sunlight in the summer.

William Willett

William Willett.

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Source: The History Channel

While Britain didn’t act on Willett’s proposal at the time, Germany implemented daylight-saving time during World War I as a way to conserve electricity by maximizing sunlight.

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“At close grips with the Hun, we bomb the corkshaffer’s, etc.” Two United States soldiers run past the remains of two German soldiers toward a bunker. Note that this may well be a staged propaganda image.


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Source: The History Channel

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