Sunday's date is a 'once-in-a-century' palindrome

The date of February 2, 2020 is a rare eight-digit palindrome that is the same for everyone around the world

Sunday will be a special occasion. In addition to being Super Bowl Sunday, Groundhog Day and National Ukulele Day, it's also a rare eight-digit palindrome when written out as 02/02/2020. The date reads the same backwards as forwards.

While Americans write the date as month/day/year, most Europeans view the date as day/month/year. However, more impressively, on Sunday, the date will be the same for everyone regardless of where they are in the world – the only time this will happen in this century.

The last eight-digit palindrome was 909 years ago on 11/11/1111 and the next one will be in 101 years for 12/12/2121. As well, Sunday will be the 33rd day of the year with 333 more days thanks to being a leap year (because there’s an extra day in February).

In the US because of how dates are formatted, there will be some more upcoming palindrome dates including: 02/11/20, 02/22/20, 12/11/21 and 12/22/21.

In addition to the date, there are a couple of other big events happening on Sunday. This year's Super Bowl LIV will feature the Kansas City Chiefs taking on the San Francisco 49ers in Miami, Florida.

It also marks Groundhog Day in Canada and America - a tradition in which a groundhog is used to determine how many more weeks of winter there will be. You may well prefer to celebrate the day with your ukulele in hand though.

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