Nugget of Knowledge: Month, day and year

Writing style dates back to the Revolutionary War


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – In America, we write the date October 17, 2016. It’s unique to America.

In other parts of the world, it’s written 17 October, 2016, in an ascending order from day to month to year.

And in Asia, it’s 2016 October 17, descending from year to month to day. Astronomers use this method as well.

So why do we write it differently?

So many of the founding fathers were newspapermen or pamphleteers. Few came from aristocratic backgrounds, so maybe the newspaper dating method was the natural norm for them to choose over the more formal date the Brits used.

A quick “July 4, 1776” worked better than the British version “The Fourth Day of the Month of July in this the One Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixth Year of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.”

The Constitutional Convention signed its paper September 17, 1787.

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