Re: Date trivia

Subject: Re: Date trivia
From: Randall Raemon <rlr -at- HAL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 1994 12:33:14 -0600

In message <9412141818 -dot- AA26401 -at- hal -dot- com>
"Less is more." writes:

> Sally Marquigny <SALLYM -at- MSMAILHQ -dot- NETIMAGE -dot- COM> said:

> Oracle January 1, 4712 B.C. to December 31, 4712
> In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar retroactively declared January 1, 4712
> to be the first day of the Julian calendar.

> RDB November 17, 1858 to December 31, 9999
> November 17, 1858 is the date the Smithsonian was founded.
> I don't know why DEC chose that date.

I think RDB is using what is called a "Modified Julian Date". The
NIST dial-up atomic clock in Denver CO gives dates in MJD form. I
back-calculated it, and it turned out to be this 17 Nov date. I
suspect, but have not confirmed, that this is the date "the odometer
rolled over" in the more conventional Julian Date that Oracle is

Randall Raemon
rlr -at- hal -dot- com
delta1 -at- netcom -dot- com
0005650778 -at- mcimail -dot- com

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