Today’s Date is a Palindrome – 01022010


If you are following the date pattern of mm-dd-yyyy, then today’s date will be a palindrome for you – that is it reads the same forward and backward.

This is the second date of that pattern for this century. The first one was last October 2, 2001 (10022001). Before that date, the last one was 621 years ago, August 31, 1380 (08311380).

While palindrome words are dramatic (kayak, name no one man, madam I’m Adam) and palindrome numbers are boring (as they are infinite), palindrome dates are curious, as they are extremely rare. An electrical engineering professor at the University of Portland, Oregon has a complete list of these dates. A discussion of Professor Aziz Inan (pictured) regarding the palindrome dates can be accessed in this link. The professor, however, does not believe in numeric and date mysticism (such as the predicted end of the world by the Mayan calendar in December 21, 2012). He just thinks they are fun.

An example of his discussion is that there will be 12 palindrome dates in the 21st century (2001-2100) and all of them will fall on the second day of a month. The next palindrome date is on November 2, 2011 (11022011). Take a stab at the remaining nine dates.