This Weekend, Plan on 'Falling Back'!

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If you are a little worn out by all the Halloween festivities this week then you are in luck. That's because this weekend is 'Fall Back', which means that on Sunday, November 4th, most North Americans will add an extra hour to their day by simply moving the clock back. This age-old tradition that dates all the way back to World War One, is observed in other parts of the world too - However, the date differs, with most changing their clocks about a month earlier.

'Fall Back' is simply the reversal of Daylight Saving Time or Spring Forward which occurs on the second Sunday of March and entails moving the clocks an hour ahead. The odd ritual was first suggested by Sir Benjamin Franklin in 1784, to maximize the number of light hours in the spring and summer months.

However, it was not considered seriously until 1907, when British resident William Willet pitched it as a way to save energy. It took another nine years before it became a law in Britain. United States followed two years later, but only enacted it for a short period of time as a mechanism to provide soldiers more light during World War One. The law was repealed as soon as the war was over, only to be re-instated for another three years, from 1942-1945 during World War 2.

It took another 21 years, before 'Daylight Saving Time' became a permanent fixture on the American calendar. This time, the law was passed as way to conserve energy and allow farmers additional daylight hours to transport fresh produce to market. However Hawaii some cities in Arizona, opted out

. Since then, the date the change occurs has been altered several times. Former President Ronald Reagan made the first change in 1986, by shifting 'Spring Forward' from the last weekend in April to the first weekend, so that everyone could begin enjoying a longer day sooner. In 2005, former President George W. Bush, not only changed that to the second Sunday in March, but also, extended the 'Fall Back' date out an extra week, to the first weekend in November. While it was all done under the guise of saving energy and helping farmers, it effectively cut down the long dark and dreary months of winter that we are about to go through, by almost five weeks - All we can say to that is YAY!

sources:school.studentnews.com,news.yahoo.com

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132 Comments
  • xeno
    xenoMonday, November 23, 2020 at 1:05 pm
    Yes no umm more sleep YES MORE SLEEP
    • :}Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 4:41 am
      sure
      • noscope4life
        noscope4lifeThursday, February 25, 2016 at 4:13 am
        When this ended and you move the time forwards i forgot one year and slept to 7:00 but really slept to 8:00 I was 30 minutes late for school
        • kidcool
          kidcoolTuesday, February 23, 2016 at 12:24 pm
          sure
          • lauren kaffoldFriday, November 14, 2014 at 6:34 am
            cool article
            • loganTuesday, April 8, 2014 at 10:09 am
              these stories these days help people these
              • cutegirl1always
                cutegirl1alwaysTuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:35 pm
                lol love sleeping to how you good lol
                • italyana
                  italyanaThursday, November 21, 2013 at 4:29 pm
                  love my sleep!
                  • smartpanda
                    smartpandaFriday, June 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm
                    i agree
                  • sarah Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 12:15 pm
                    Why is he falling of the clock when its pointing 2.oo
                    • beginagain
                      beginagainTuesday, December 18, 2012 at 4:29 pm
                      MORE SLEEP!!! it rocks