What Time do Clocks Go Back for the End of Daylight Saving Time 2016?

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Howie Brown adjusts the time on a clock back one hour for the end of daylight savings time at Brown’s Old Time Clock Shop November 2, 2007 in Plantation, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

What time do clocks get set back tonight? November 6 is the end of daylight saving time in the United States when clocks “fall” backward for autumn and winter. The end of daylight saving time starts on Sunday at 2 am when clocks are set back to 1 am. This is easy to remember because when daylight saving time ends, clocks “fall” backward for autumn.

The end of daylight saving time is a set calendar date every year. It is always the first Sunday in November.

Daylight saving time in the United States is almost 100 years old. It began with the Standard Time Act of March 19 of 1918, which established standard time zones and daylight saving time for World War I. However, when then President Woodrow Wilson tried to keep the Act going after the war ended, Congress pushed back and vetoed it. DST became a local option for many Americans.

President Franklin Roosevelt later re-enacted a form of DST, called “War Time,” for World War II. It ended in 1945.

However, the DST most recognizable to modern Americans started with the Uniform Time Act of 1966, which was created to “promote the adoption and observance of uniform time within the standard time zones” as created by the Standard Time Act of March 19 of 1918.

States and regions that don’t participate in daylight saving time include Arizona (except for the Navajo Nation, which does), Hawaii, and the overseas territories of Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands. This is done for a variety of reasons and has as much to do with local politics as it does with location.

While the date is officially known as “daylight saving time,” it is colloquially known as “daylight savings time” with an added “S.”

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