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When is daylight saving time 2021? Get ready to spring forward on March 14

Cincinnati Enquirer logo Cincinnati Enquirer 3/12/2021 Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati Enquirer

The sun is starting to rise earlier every day and we only have a few more days before we spring forward for daylight saving time. 

You'll lose an hour of sleep on Sunday, March 14, 2021, when we push the clock one hour forward. 

Daylight saving starts at 2 a.m. March 14 when clocks are turned forward one hour to 3 a.m. It will end Nov. 7. 

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Sunrise and sunset will be about one hour later on March 14 than the day before, meaning there will be more light in the evening according to timeanddate.com

What was the reason for daylight saving time?

In 1966, Congress passed the Uniform Time Act, which standardized the length of daylight saving time, which runs from March to November. 

Daylight saving time begins on the second Sunday of March each year and ends on the first Sunday of November.

The Department of Transportation said daylight saving time saves energy, prevents traffic injuries and reduces crime. The DOT oversees time zones and the uniform observance of daylight saving time because time standards were first instituted by the railroad industry.

Who invented daylight saving?

Benjamin Franklin is often credited with first proposing daylight saving in his 1784 essay, "An Economical Project."

The idea wasn't seriously considered, however, until more than a century later when William Willetts, a British builder, fiercely advocated for it. 

The current DST format was proposed in New Zealand by entomologist George Hudson.

In 1895, he recommended a two-hour time change because he wanted to have more daylight after work to go hunting for bugs in the summer.

Which states observe it? 

Nearly every state in the U.S. observes Daylight Saving Time, according to the Department of Transportation. However, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and most of Arizona do not.  

Ohio could stay on daylight saving time year-round

An Ohio lawmaker introduced the "Ohio Sunshine Protection Act" in 2019 to eliminate twice-yearly time changes.

The state would remain on daylight saving time, which takes effect in March through early November, year-round. The change would need congressional approval. 

Federal time law allows states to opt out of daylight saving time, but does not allow them to choose to stay on it instead of switching back to standard time.

USA TODAY contributed to this article. 

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