LiveScience has interesting details behind the creation and implementation of daylight saving time in the United States. Here are five quick facts about the practice:
• Benjamin Franklin was credited for first proposing daylight saving time. However, it would not be used in the United States for more than a century after his first proposal.
• Daylight saving time got its first widespread use during World War I. In 1916, Germany put itself on daylight saving time to save energy for the war effort. Britain quickly followed. When the United States joined the war in 1918, it instituted daylight saving time.
• After World War I, based on complaints with from farmers who hated the time change, Congress repealed daylight saving time.
• Daylight saving time was reintroduced during World War II to save energy for the war effort.
• Before Congress created a uniform daylight saving time act, some towns used it and some didn’t – which created confusion for workers and transportation.
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