For a midnight shift in spring, a digital display of local time would appear to jump from .9 to .0.
In most countries that use daylight saving time, the time applied in the winter is considered as "standard" time and the shift is considered to be a positive offset.
It also acknowledged that private businesses were in the practice of changing their opening hours to suit daylight conditions, but they did so of their own volition.
A select committee was set up to examine the issue, but Pearce's bill did not become law and several other bills failed in the following years.
It became common during World War II, and was widely adopted in America and Europe from the 1970s as a result of the 1970s energy crisis.
Since then, the world has seen many enactments, adjustments, and repeals.
From the 14th century onwards, equal-length civil hours supplanted unequal ones, so civil time no longer varies by season.
Unequal hours are still used in a few traditional settings, such as some monasteries of Mount Athos Despite common misconception, Franklin did not actually propose DST; 18th-century Europe did not even keep precise schedules.
DST is generally not observed near the equator, where sunrise times do not vary enough to justify it.
Some countries observe it only in some regions; for example, parts of Australia observes it, while other parts do not.
However, this changed as rail transport and communication networks required a standardization of time unknown in Franklin's day.