Remember to set your clocks ahead by one hour this weekend. Daylight saving time officially begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 13.

Although the idea for daylight saving time has been attributed, somewhat apocryphally, to Benjamin Franklin, it was not widely adopted until the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, according to David Prerau in Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time.

Photo by Jane Paley

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