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Today is 02/02/2020 - the first global palindrome day in 909 years

Posted at 10:52 AM, Feb 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-02 11:54:31-05

Today's date is a palindrome date.

A palindrome is any word, phrase or sequence of numbers that reads the same whether you read it forward or backward, such as "mom," "race car" or "tacocat."

It is February 2, 2020, or 02/02/2020, in both the MM/DD/YYYY format and the DD/MM/YYYY format.

At just after 2 a.m., it was 02:02:20 on 02/02/2020.

This is the only time such a date will occur this century.

The previous palindrome date in all formats came 909 years ago on 11/11/1111. The next will come in 101 years on 12/12/2121 and after that there will not be another until 03/03/3030.

Solihull School Maths Department said, "Today is a Palindrome Day in all date formats (UK, USA, ISO). It's also a palindrome day of the year (33) and there are a palindrome number of days left in the year (333). Quite a unique day!"

Today is also Super Bowl Sunday and Groundhog Day.

November 11, 2011 caused a stir when the clock struck 11:11:11 on 11/11/11.

However, it is not as perfect as 02/02/2020, because using the full year, 2011, ruins the symmetry.

According to Dictionary.com, Palindrome comes from the Greek words “palin,” which means “again, back” and “dromos,” meaning “running.” Palindrome is a word or phrase that runs back on itself.