100th anniversary of Daylight Saving Time

Modern version of Daylight Saving Time was started in Germany in 1916

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It seems as if Daylight Saving Time has been around forever, but 2016 marks the 100th anniversary since various nations of the world began adjusting their clocks twice a year. The U.S. will fall back by one hour at 2 a.m. November 6th.

Guy McLain, the director of the Springfield Museum of History, explained that practice was originally designed to save on energy costs. “There’s a kind of controversy whether it really works,” McLain added. “There’s some information that it does save some energy, but different studies have different results.”

McLain said studies also confirm that traffic accidents increase within two weeks of the autumn time change. That’s because the time change affects sleep patterns, causing more accidents.

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