The sun sets later this evening than it has the past six months for it's Daylight Saving Time. The origin has been debated on why this happened and the question asks, when did it start? Back in 1784 Benjamin Franklin proposed a form of Daylight Saving Time. He wrote an essay entitled: "An Economic Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light."
Written more as Tongue & Cheek, Benjamin Franklin stated that the Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning. Reason being, to get maximum usage of the natural daylight instead.
Later in 1895 George Hudson a New Zealander proposed Daylight Saving followed by the German Empire and Austria and Hungry who organized the first nationwide implementation which started on April 30, 1916. Daylight Saving Time has been used throughout many countries with slight variations that escalated during the 1970's Energy Crisis.
All this from a cheeky essay from a humorous individual. So don't forget to Spring Forward and set your clocks ahead one hour, But if you're keeping up with recent times, most of our phones, computers, cable boxes along with many electronic devices automatically set themselves.
On a final note, Daylight Saving Time is often said incorrectly as well as misspelled with an "S" at the end of Saving. The correct way of saying and spelling Saving is without the additional letter. Other variations are "Summer Time" and "Daylight-Saving Time."