Daylight Savings Ends This November 6

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Fall back this November!

On November 6 at 2 a.m. we will officially gain an hour. Daylight Savings Time will officially come to an end and the clocks will be turned back.

Daylight savings time, also known as DST, allows for more light during the evening hours and less light in the morning hours – In the northern hemisphere, DST begins between March and ends in November.

According to timeanddate.com, Benjamin Franklin was the man behind the time change. He reportedly first suggested Daylight Saving Time back in 1784, but the concept was mainly credited to an English builder, William Willett in 1905, when he presented the idea to advance the clock during the summer months.

DST in many parts of the United States lines up with section 110 of the United States’ Energy Policy Act of 2005 , which states that daylight saving time would begin on the second Sunday of March and it would end on the first Sunday of November. Before that and since 1986, US Federal law began Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in April and ended the last Sunday of October.

According to National Geographic, The federal government doesn’t require U.S. states or territories to observe daylight saving time, which is why residents of ArizonaHawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands won’t need to change their clocks back.