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British Summer Time (BST)

In 1908, the United Kingdom became the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time. Read about the history of British Summer Time (BST)
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In 1908, the United Kingdom became the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time

by Liz Olson

In 1908, the United Kingdom became the first country to adopt Daylight Saving Time, giving it the nickname "British Summer Time." British Summer Time was controversial at the time of its introduction. Despite the resistance, BST was ultimately adopted, and has since benefited outdoor sports recreation and retailers by moving the clock forward one hour, extending the afternoon hours of daylight and shortening the morning hours.

BST is in force from the last Sunday in March until the last Sunday in October, which follows the European Daylight Saving Time schedule. The summer period begins and ends at 1:00 A.M. Greenwich Mean Time.

The Summer Time Act of 1972, originally defined the start of British Summer Time as 2:00 A.M. GMT on the third Sunday of March—unless it fell on Easter, in which case Summer Time would begin on the second Sunday that year.

In 2002, the Order of Council changed British Summer Time to fall in line with European Daylight Savings Time. Clocks now change in the United Kingdom on the last Sunday of March at 1:00 A.M., even if it falls on Easter weekend.

Spring Dates to remember:Fall Dates to remember:
30 March 2008 26 October 2008
8 March 2009 1 November 2009
14 March 2010 7 November 2010
11 March 2012 4 November 2012
10 March 2013 3 November 2013

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