Who invented daylight saving time?

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • William Willett correct

    Yes, it is "daylight saving" and not "savings" since the word "saving" acts as part of an adjective rather than a verb. It is said that Benjamin Franklin actually came up with the idea for daylight saving time because of an article he had written in 1784 but, in fact, the article only said that one should wake up earlier not that all the clocks should be changed. We credit that to William Willett who wrote the brochure "The Waste of Daylight" and pushed for Parliament to change the clocks by 80 minutes between April and October. So if you are really looking for someone to blame this morning, he would be your man. Source: The History Channel

  • Chester A. Arthur
  • George Edward Alcorn
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