It’s that time of year again, time to turn our clocks forward one hour on Saturday night. It always makes Monday a bit of a drag when we have to be at work one hour earlier, but Daylight Savings is great for saving energy and getting one extra hour of sunlight. Here’s a brief history on where Daylight Savings Time started.
Modern Daylight Savings Time (DST) was first used on July 1, 1908 in a small town in Canada known as Port Arthur, Ontario, today’s Thunder Bay. Other towns in Canada soon followed suit including the cities of Winnipeg and Brandon in Manitoba. On April 30, 1916, during World War I, Germany and Austria initiated the first country wide use of DST to save energy for war efforts. Within a few weeks, the United Kingdom, France and many other countries followed the innovative idea. Most of the countries reverted back to standard time after WWI, and did not standardize the idea of DST until after WWII. Today, over 70 countries worldwide participate in DST, affecting over 1 billion people.