Fall Back: Daylight Saving Time 2012 Ends Sunday

These dark mornings have you wondering: When does daylight saving time end?

It's that time of year again. 

The dreaded "fall back" day is coming to clocks across the nation. Daylight saving time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. So, don't forget to change those clocks before bedtime Saturday or you'll be really early for church!

The result: sunset will be more of an afternoon thing than evening an evening thing for a while. Well, until It begins again on March 10, 2013, when we spring forward once again. Until then, the upshot is your 7 a.m. commute to work will have light again.

Daylight saving time ... remember, you’ll “fall back” and set your clocks back one hour. Many electronic devices automatically adjust when daylight saving time begins or ends.

The end of daylight saving time provides a great reminder to check your batteries in your clocks, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Arizona, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Savings Time. Weird.

Around the world, about 75 countries and territories have at least one location that observes Daylight Saving Time, according to TimeandDate.com. On the other hand, 164 don't observe the time change at all.

A  Brief History:

According to the Huffington Post

Benjamin Franklin has been credited with the idea of Daylight Saving Time, but Britain and Germany began using the concept in World War I to conserve energy, the Washington Post observes. The U.S. used Daylight Saving Time for a brief time during the war, but it didn't become widely accepted in the States until after the second World War.

In 1966, the Uniform Time Act outlined that clocks should be set forward on the last Sunday in April and set back the last Sunday in October.

That law was amended in 1986 to start daylight saving time on the first Sunday in April, though the new system wasn't implemented until 1987. The end date was not changed, however, and remained the last Sunday in October until 2006.

Today, Daylight Saving Time begins on the second Sunday in March and ends on the first Sunday in November. The time change will precede the first day of spring and the vernal equinox, which is set to take place at 1:14 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 20.


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