As we prepare spring forward at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, her are a few facts about Daylight Saving Time.
• First, the name is actually "Daylight Saving Time", not "Daylight Savings Time" — although that’s what most people call it.
• The idea was first conceived in 1784 by founding father Benjamin Franklin — who was reportedly mostly kidding.
• There was no uniform federal law regarding DST, until 1966.The Uniform Time Act of 1966 established the system of uniform Daylight Saving Time throughout the United States. The dates are the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October. States can exempt themselves from participation.
• On August 8, 2005 - President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 into law. Part of the act extended Daylight Saving Time starting in 2007, from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November.
• About 70 countries around the world observe DST, although many refer to it as “Summer Time” rather than “Daylight Saving Time.”