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Re: Happy Birthday!

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:09 am
by swensont
The US has done MM/DD/YY because the normal way of writing a date is:

January 25, 2000

With that layout, when moving to all numbers, it stayed the same.

In the Military, it is similar to Europe, in that is DD/MM/YY, but never in just numbers:

25 Jan 2000

The month is always in three letters.

Just a matter of getting used to different date formats.

Tim

Re: Date formats

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 9:29 am
by stephen_usher
And then... there's the big-endian numeric variants which have the year first, either two or four digits. With the full year number it's completely unabiguous to the point where separators can be omitted, e.g. ISO 8601

Re: Happy Birthday!

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:54 pm
by Dave
swensont wrote:January 25, 2000


It must be remembered that America was the first country so large that the month a message was sent was important data - until the 1920s, it took 6-8 weeks for messages to pass from coast to coast.

Re: Happy Birthday!

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 6:38 pm
by pjw
Dave wrote:It must be remembered that America was the first country so large that the month a message was sent was important data - until the 1920s, it took 6-8 weeks for messages to pass from coast to coast.
I know Americans like to think so. However, Russia, Canada and China are bigger. I guess Russia is so large they put the year first. Presumably thats how we ended up with the international system: YYYYMMDD

Re: Happy Birthday!

Posted: Sun Jan 12, 2020 8:21 pm
by Dave
pjw wrote:
Dave wrote:It must be remembered that America was the first country so large that the month a message was sent was important data - until the 1920s, it took 6-8 weeks for messages to pass from coast to coast.
I know Americans like to think so. However, Russia, Canada and China are bigger. I guess Russia is so large they put the year first. Presumably thats how we ended up with the international system: YYYYMMDD


Russia and China did not have the types of society where cross country messaging was needed much, let alone quickly. Canada being a British territory and Commonwealth member followed UK date format by default.