Originally Posted by mehawk
Actually, William Willett, invented it in England in 1905. It wasn't used though, until Germany used it in 1916. It was established in the USA in 1918 and repealed in 1919. In 1966, it became permanent in the USA.
Yes he just took the idea from my buddy Ben Franklin.
"Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise", Ben, anonymously published a letter suggesting that Parisians economize on candles by rising earlier to use morning sunlight. This 1784 satire
proposed taxing shutters, rationing candles, and waking the public by ringing church bells and firing cannons at sunrise.
So the whole thing started as a joke.