Daylight Saving Time and Fun Facts

Wow, time flies! It is once again time to turn our clocks back an hour. While the time change does not officially take place until 2:00 a.m., most people turn their clocks back before they go to bed and hope to enjoy an extra hour of sleep.

Some people ritually argue against Daylight Saving Time, but it is a long standing tradition. To honor the history of this debate, here are some fun facts:

  • Daylight Saving Time is singular, not “Daylight Savings Time.”
  • Benjamin Franklin suggested a similar concept in an satirical essay written in 1784.
  • Germany became the first country to adopt DST in 1916.
  • DST became a federal law with the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which establishes the dates as the last Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October.
  • States can exempt themselves from participation, and Hawaii and most of Arizona do not observe DST.

And our personal favorite…

  • The candy industry objected to the original dates, because DTS ended on the last Sunday in October before Halloween night. According to, “Intense lobbying to push back the date went on for decades. According to one report, candy lobbyists even went so far as to place tiny candy pumpkins on the seats of everyone in the senate in 1986. A law extending DST into November finally went into effect in 2007.” Whew, that was a close one!

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Gallatin Plastic Surgery hopes you enjoy your extra hour, and we look forward to hearing from you bright and early Monday morning. Please feel free to contact us online at or by calling us at (406) 577-2346.



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