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Pat Shingleton: "Ben-The First to Suggest It!"

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Posted: Mar 7, 2014 5:25 PM by Pat Shingleton
Updated: Mar 8, 2014 4:00 AM

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Topics: Ben Franklin. Daylight Saving Time

It's another clock adjustment tonight so before you hit the sheets at bedtime adjust the clock ahead an hour. The reason for "Summer Time" or Daylight Saving Time is to make use of daylight. The American delegate to Paris, Benjamin Franklin, first conceived the idea in Paris in 1784 and noted his reasons in an essay called, An Economical Project. London builder, William Willett, proposed advancing clocks 20 minutes on consecutive Sundays in April and lessening the same amount on four Sundays in September. More than a hundred years after Ben's suggestions, the U.S. Department of Transportation adopted National Standard Time to control train schedules. The very first benefits of Summer Time were recognized during World War Two.

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