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Daylight Saving Time 2019: When do we set our clocks back one hour?

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Posted at 12:12 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 12:12:46-04

It’s nearly time to fall back — daylight saving time ends this weekend, so we’ll get an extra hour when we turn our clocks back.

The change will happen on Sunday, Nov 3 at 2 a.m., meaning most of us will get an extra hour of sleep this weekend. It also means it will get dark an hour earlier each day.

On Nov. 3, sunrise will be at 7:01 a.m. in Cleveland, and the sun will set at 5:19 p.m.

While your phone, computer and other connected devices will likely make the change automatically, remember to set your house clocks, oven clock, car clock and other non-connected timepieces back by one hour before going to bed on Saturday.

Also remember to perform your semi-annual battery check on your home smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as suggested by local fire departments.

You can use part of your extra hour to read about these five things you may not know about daylight saving time:

1. Daylight saving time was not intended to benefit farmers in the U.S. as many people think. The agriculture industry was opposed to the switch when it was first implemented on March 31, 1918, as a wartime measure, according to history.com. In reality, retail stores benefited from another hour of shopping time.

2. Not everyone in the United States springs forward and falls back. Hawaii and Arizona do not spring forward or fall back.

3. Germany was the first country to roll out daylight saving time.

4. It's daylight saving time, not daylight savings time. Drop the "s" once and for all.

5. After the national repeal in 1919, some states and cities shifted their clocks. It was until after World War II that states and cities could start and end daylight saving whenever they pleased. At one point in 1963, Time magazine described the period as "a chaos of clocks." For example, a bus from Steubenville, Ohio to Minneapolis passed through seven time changes. In 1966, the Uniform Time Act standardized daylight saving time across the country and made start and end times in April and October, later changed to March and November in 2007, according to history.com.