3.2.21. DATE([option_out [,date [,option_in]]]) This function returns information relating to the current date. If the option_out character is specified, it will set the format of the return string. The default value for option_out is N. Possible options are: [B] (Base) The number of complete days from January 1st 0001 until yesterday inclusive, as a whole number. This function uses the Gregorian calendar extended backwards. Therefore Date(B) // 7 will equal the day of the week where 0 corresponds to Monday and 6 Sunday. [C] (Century) The number of days in this century from January 1st 00 until today, inclusive. The return value will be a positive integer. [D] (Days) The number of days in this year from January 1st until today, inclusive. The return value will be a positive integer. [E] (European) The date in European format, i.e. dd/mm/yy. If any of the numbers is single digit, it will have a leading zero. [M] (Month) The unabbreviated name of the current month, in English. [N] (Normal) Return the date with the name of the month abbreviated to three letters, with only the first letter in upper case. The format will be dd Mmm yyyy, where Mmm is the month abbreviation (in English) and dd is the day of the month, without leading zeros. [O] (Ordered) Returns the date in the ordered format, which is yy/mm/dd. [S] (Standard) Returns the date according the format specified by International Standards Organization Recommendation ISO/R 2014-1971 (E). The format will be yyyymmdd, and each part is padded with leading zero where appropriate. [U] (USA) Returns the date in the format that is normally used in USA, i.e. mm/dd/yy, and each part is padded with leading zero where appropriate. [W] (Weekday) Returns the English unabbreviated name of the current weekday for today. The first letter of the result is in upper case, the rest is in lower case. Note that the C option is present in REXX language level 3.50, but was removed in level 4.00. The new B option should be used instead. When porting code that use the C option to an interpreter that only have the B option, you will can use the conversion that January 1st 1900 is day 693595 in the Gregorian calendar. Note that none of the formats in which DATE() return its answer are effected by the settings of NUMERIC. Also note that if there are more than one call to DATE() (and TIME()) in a single clause of REXX code, all of them will use the same basis data for calculating the date (and time). If the REXX interpreter contains national support, some of these options may return different output for the names of months and weekdays. Assuming that today is January 6th 1992: DATE(B) > 727203 DATE(C) > 33609 DATE(D) > 6 DATE(E) > 06/01/92 DATE(M) > January DATE(N) > 6 Jan 1992 DATE(O) > 92/01/06 DATE(S) > 19920106 DATE(U) > 01/06/92 DATE(W) > Monday If the date option is specified, the function provides for date conversions. The optional option_in specifies the format in which date is supplied. The possible values for option_in are: BDEOUNS. The default value for option_in is N. DATE(O, 13 Feb 1923) > 23/02/13 DATE(O, 06/01/50, U) -> 50/06/01 If the date supplied does not include a century in its format, then the result is chosen to make the year within 50 years past or 49 years future of the current year. The date conversion capability of the DATE BIF was introduced with the ANSI standard.