#DYK – Daylight Savings Time

Its time to push those clocks forward! Did you know, the concept of Daylight Savings Time first gained significant adoption during the First World War? Germany and Austria-Hungary introduced Daylight Savings on 30 April 1916 as a war economy measure to conserve coal. Most of the Allied nations quickly adopted the concept as well.

A German postcard marking the introduction of Daylight Savings in 1916.
Credit: Deutsches Uhrenmuseum, Archiv, Inv. 100318.
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