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Daylight saving time 2018: When do we set our clocks back?

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Posted at 1:52 PM, Oct 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-30 13:52:53-04

This weekend ends daylight saving time, the day we switch back the clocks and get that much-needed extra hour of sleep.

The change will happen on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 2 a.m, while most of us are asleep. This means it will get dark an hour earlier each day.

On Nov. 4,  sunrise will be at 7:02 a.m. while sunset will be at 5:18 p.m. 

You'll need to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday.

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.