Saturday, March 8, 2014

Daylight Saving Time Begins Sunday 2:00 a.m.

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By Glenn A. Walsh
Reporting for SpaceWatchtower

Sunday morning (2014 March 9) at 2:00 a.m. Standard Time, clocks in most of the nation will "spring-ahead" one hour (to 3:00 a.m. Daylight Saving Time) for the annual seven-month observance of Daylight Saving Time (Note: the word "Saving" has only one letter "s"; "Daylight Savings Time" is incorrect). Standard Time will resume at 2:00 a.m. Daylight Saving Time on 2014 November 2 (the first Sunday in November) when clocks will revert-back one hour, to 1:00 a.m. Standard Time.

Why does this time-change always occur at 2:00 in the morning? Many people have asked this question, including a telephone caller to the Public Relations Department of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science (a.k.a. Buhl Science Center) many years ago. When Public Relations staff member Pam Pochapin referred the call to me, I provided the caller with the answer:

The idea is to make this semi-annual time change as seamless as possible, directly affecting as few human activities as possible. Since most establishments (including bars and taverns) close or are already closed at 2:00 in the morning, and the majority of people are sleeping at this time of day anyway, 2:00 in the morning seemed like the logical time to make the change.

More on Daylight Saving Time, including portions of the United States and Canada which do not observe Daylight Saving Time:
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Sebak, Rick,  "Curse You or Bless You, Robert Garland -
"This Pittsburgh city councilman helped initiate the shifting of time in America."
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Source: Glenn A. Walsh Reporting for SpaceWatchtower, a project of Friend of the Zeiss.

2014: 75th Year of Pittsburgh's Buhl Planetarium Historic Zeiss II Planetarium Projector at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science.

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