In the spring of 1784 Benjamin Franklin suggested people “change time” and rise earlier to make better use of available light and save on candle wax, but not many were interested in old Ben’s idea.
In 1907 William Willet re-introduced Daylight Savings claiming it was important for people to enjoy the precious morning light of summer. On April 30th 1916 Germany set their clocks forward at 11:00 p.m. A month later Britain followed suit, but the United States did not implement Daylight Savings until 1981.
Remember to set your Clocks back and sleep an extra hour this
Sunday morning November 6 at 2:00 a.m.
William Willett is the great-great-grandfather of Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin. Possibly in tribute to great great gramps, Coldplay has a song “Clocks” and another named “Daylight” on their 2002 album. The song “Clocks” doesn’t seem to have anything to do with daylight savings, but I thought it was cool so I slipped it in below for your listening pleasure! Enjoy your extra hour of sleep!