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Sunday's date is so rare it hasn't happened in over 900 years

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Feb 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 06:50:01-05

MILWAUKEE — Sunday is going to be a very unique day, and not just because of the Super Bowl and Groundhog Day.

For the first time in over 900 years, we will see a unique palindrome date. What this means is that the date will read the same both forward and backwards when written out in eight digits.

Palindrome dates are rather common, but 02/02/2020 is especially unique. For starters, it's an eight-digit palindrome. Most palindromes we have seen have been seven digits or less, like 9/10/19 or 1/10/2011.

Additionally, this palindrome is international. It works if you write the date as month/day/year or as day/month/year. This is the part that makes this day especially unique.

The last palindrome date that worked internationally was 11/11/1111, more than 900 years ago. According to USA Today, this won't happen again for 1,010 years. After that, there won't be one until March 3, 3030.

This day is going to be pretty historic, so make it worth it.

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