We all know Friday the 13th is a great date or day for some to play games of chance, such as the lottery. But July 7th in 2007 was also quite a special day. You can write that date as 7/7/07 or 7/7/7. That's three lucky seven's in a row on one particular day.
Here's a list of other special dates in the past: August 8th 2008 (8/8/08) September 9th 2009 (9/9/09) October 10th 2010 (10/10/10) November 11th 2011 (11/11/11), and December 12th 2013 (12/12/12)
And that was about it for the 2000's
The next special date will be in 3001! (Januari 1, 3001 = 1/1/01). That's quite a wait after December 12th 2013! For Europeans there are more special dates in the 2000's (in Europe the day is followed by the month while in the US the month comes first).
What would you say about July 20th, 2007 ? That's 20/07/2007 or 20072007! Here's a couple more:
August 20, 2008 (20/08/2008) September 20, 2009 (20/09/2009) October 20, 2010 (20/10/2010) November 20, 2011 (20/11/2011) December 20, 2013 (20/12/2013)
And that summed it up for the 2000's!
The Europeans will have to wait until January 30th 3001 to have another one (30/01/3001).
Special dates for the 3000's:
February 30th, 3001 (30/02/3002) March 30th, 3001 (30/03/3003) April 30th, 3001 (30/04/3004) May 30th, 3005 (30/05/3005) June 30th, 3006 (30/06/3060) July 30th, 3007 (30/07/3007) August 30th, 3008 (30/08/3008) September 30th, 3009 (30/09/3009) October 30th, 3010 (30/10/3010) November 30th, 3011 (30/11/3011) December 30th, 3012 (30/12/3012)
And that's it for the 3000's. Then the Europeans will have to wait for the 4000's!
In the US the following dates are also special (if you can wait long enough):
January 10th, 10001 (10/01/10001) But does that count? There's a 0 too many here. I suppose the last 'special' date in the US must have been December 31st 1231, which was written 12/31/1231.
A couple of 'what happened on a special date' in the past:
1/1/01: First day of the new millenium
20/01/2001: George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd President of the United States
2/2/02: Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, heir to the Dutch throne, marries Maxima Zorreguieta Cerruti in Amsterdam
20/02/2002: Palindrome Day, At 8:02 pm, on February 20th, 2002, the date is read officially as 20:02, 20, 02, 2002. Or 2002 2002 2002
3/3/03: A man was arrested at a shopping mall in Guilderland, New York for refusing to remove a t-shirt which bore the slogan "Give Peace A Chance." He was charged with "trespassing 'in that he knowingly enter(ed) or remain(ed) unlawfully upon premises.'" He had purchased the shirt at the mall
20/03/2003: Land troops from United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Poland invade Iraq
4/4/04:Serious fighting breaks out in Najaf, Sadr City, and Basra in Iraq as Shia insurgents supporting Muqtada al-Sadr rise against coalition forces
20/04/2004:In Iraq, 12 mortars were fired on Abu Ghraib Prison by insurgents. Twenty two detainees were killed and 92 wounded
5/5/05:An explosion outside the United Kingdom consulate in New York City occurs at 07:35 GMT. There were no reported injuries
20/05/2005:Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith reaches a record high at the box offices on opening day with $50 million on 9,400 screens at 3,661 theaters worldwide
6/6/06:The opening date of the ironically Doomsday-related film, The Omen, done so to collaborate to the date's religious significance (June 6th, 2006 - 06/06/06, or 666 which is known as the number of the beast in Chrisitian biblical literature). It is a remake of another film by the same name from the late 70s
20/02/2006:Jack Abramoff scandals: David Safavian, former George W. Bush White House official, is convicted of four felony counts of lying and obstruction of justice related to his dealings with lobbyist Jack Abramoff
7/7/07:Live Earth gets underway with concerts in Australia, the United States, Germany, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Japan and China