Tick-tock. It’s time to move the clock again.
And no, you won’t sleep longer if you calculate the difference in advance.
Wintertime is counted every last weekend in October on the night between Saturday and Sunday – when the hand moves from three o’clock to two.
Thanks to smartphones, computers, and other devices connected to the Internet – this often ends automatically.
Although the European Commission (EC) proposed in 2018 to abolish the seasonal shift of the clock, the member states have not yet agreed on that.
“On Sunday, October 31, we will move the hands,” said Stefan de Kersmaker, EC spokesman, at the end of October 2021.
The proposal to stop moving the clock was supported by the European Parliament in 2019, but it should be adopted by the member states.
There are currently no indications that the proposal could gain their support.
Although there were announcements, the Government of Serbia still has not passed a law that would change that.
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Why is summertime introduced?
The basic idea is to make better use of daylight.
In summer, when the days are longer, the clock is moved so that one-morning clock is “stolen” and evenings are added – so that darkness falls later.
This was first conceived by the American politician and scientist Benjamin Franklin, back in 1784.
He published an essay in which he suggested that people get up earlier and thus save on candles.
A similar idea came to the great-great-great-grandfather of Coldplay singer Chris Martin – William Willit in 1907.
He explained that it dawned on him when he noticed how much the curtain was still drawn during the summer ride.
However, he did not live to see it in Great Britain.
Daylight saving time was first introduced by Germany in 1916, and a few weeks later by Great Britain.
Both were in the midst of the First World War at the time, and it was very important for them to make the best use of daylight while preserving coal.
The following year, Russia did that, and in 1918, the United States.
However, in peacetime, that did not come to life in America.
Under pressure from farmers, US President Woodrow Wilson soon abolished summertime, stating that the country is returning to “God’s time”.
Moving the clock has created problems for citizens all over the world many times
There were no rules in Europe that would apply to everyone.
During World War II, the British, for example, doubled their savings by moving their clocks two hours forward.
Only after this war, did chaos with the calculation of time arise in America, writes the Astronomy portal.
In West Virginia, on a bus line of about fifty kilometers, passengers had to move their hands as many as seven times to adjust them to the prescribed exact time.
Transport, as well as many other losses, were in the millions.
Summertime arrived in the then Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for the first time, on March 27, 1983.
When did daylight saving time first begin ?!
Daylight saving time was first mentioned in 1784 by Benjamin Franklin in a letter to the editors of the Journal of Paris. But as this was a humorous article. It is not clear whether Franklin really wanted to suggest something like this to the French. This system was seriously proposed by William Willett in his article “Waste of Daylight”, published in 1907, but failed to persuade the British government to accept it, despite considerable lobbying. The idea of summertime was first realized in Germany and Austria-Hungary during the First World War, from April 30 to October 1, 1916. This example was soon followed by Great Britain, from May 21 to October 1, 1916.