I've always heard that Ben Franklin, a major hero in my book, was the inventor of daylight savings time. I still believe it just as I still believe that Pluto is a planet although there are newer attributions, including a scientist in New Zealand and the German Army in World War I.
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Whoever came up with the idea, the basic principle still holds: Spring Forward Fall Back!
Please note: this video is from 2013. The Daylight Savings Time change this year is tonight --> tomorrow - i.e., March 8th to March 9th - at 2 a.m. Sunday morning, not on the 10th as it says in the video.