Daylight saving was a brain child of Benjamin Franklin and started in 1916 during WWI. Besides the majority of the United States, the European Union also observes daylight saving time. The European Union consists of the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
I’m confused– how could daylight savings be both the brain child of Ben Franklin and have started in 1916 when Franklin lived in the 1700’s? Did he propose the idea and then it just wasn’t actually adopted until WWI?
I understand how that might be a little confusing considering the spanning years in between. Time was not as standardized in Franklin’s day as in ours but Franklin felt that it would save resources to wake earlier in order to make use of morning sunlight. So yes, it was in essence his idea, but did not come to be until much later.
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