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Time to ‘Spring ahead’ clocks, watches this weekend

By Rick Kennedy, managing editor
Throughout much of the United States, National Daylight Saving Time (DST) commences this weekend, officially at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10, which means resetting alarm clocks, watches, car clocks, microwaves and other non-automatic devices ahead one hour to properly synchronize with the country. In practice, most persons are known to simply set their household items ahead one hour on Saturday night (March 9) before going to sleep, thus the near universal term known as “lose an hour’s sleep during the time change.”
Many modern personal and Internet devices like Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Android phones, and both personal computers and tablets, whether Apple and Microsoft Windows, will adjust their times automatically to the change.  Other well-known national terms associated with the time change include “Spring ahead in Spring, and Fall back in Fall.”
According to the United States Congressional Record, the first Congressional act on Daylight Saving Time, also correctly known as DST, took place in 1918, now 101 years ago. In more recent times, the practice was standardized in the United States by Congress in 1966, and then amended to add four more weeks in 2005.
Officially recognized as “Daylight Saving Time” by the U.S. government, the practice in modern society is also referred to “Daylight Savings Time,” although that verbiage is technically incorrect.
The purpose of changing clocks was to make better use of daylight during longer summer days, and the original global practice is actually credited to the German Empire of the Kaiser Whelham II era to assist the manufacturing efforts during World War I.
Today, 70 countries throughout the civilized world are known to engage the practice although dates are known to vary. In the United States, the Congressional Uniform Time Act of 1966 aligned the switch dates across the states for the first time.
After both World War I and World War II, widespread interest in Daylight Saving Time was documented as mixed or waning with some countries in Europe known to have discontinued the practice, but a worldwide revival occurred in 1973-74 during the infamous OPEC (Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries) Oil Embargo of the era. In 1974, the United States actually implemented 10 full months under Daylight Saving Time in an effort to save energy.
In the United States, the clocks will return to Standard Time on Sunday, November 3, 2019, also at 2 a.m. In Arkansas as well as the Central Time Zone in the United States, the switch back will be also designated as “CST,” or Central Standard Time from “DST,” Daylight Saving Time.

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