You are experiencing history and you didn't even know it.

Just for clarification, a palindrome is a word, phrase, or set of numbers that read the same forward and backward. These would be words like level, radar, civic, mom, and Bob. We also experience palindromes with calendar dates and the year 2021 is very special.

You may have noticed that we are in a period of 10 consecutive 5-digit palindrome dates -  dates that read the same forward and backward. The date 1-21-21, reads the same in reverse, as does every day between January 20 and 29. It will happen again this year between December 1 and December 9. We also have two 6-digit palindrome dates this year on December 11 and December 22. Along with the 4-digit palindrome that occurred on January 2 we have a total of 22 palindrome dates for the year.

According to the Farmers Almanac, there are only two years in every century that feature as many as 22 palindrome dates. Those are the years that end in 11 and 21. That means, after 2021, the next year to feature 22 of these special dates will be the year 2111.

Oh, and here's a fun fact. January 20, 2021, was a 7-digit palindrome - 1-20-2021. It's the first palindrome inauguration day in U.S. history, and the next one won't happen for another 1,000 years.

Is all of this information and these odd calendar dates significant? Not really, but it is extremely interesting. According to the almanac, some cultures consider these dates to be lucky, while others are compelled to schedule significant days such as weddings on palindrome dates because they look cool in writing like 02/02/2020 or 11/11/11.

No, this information is not going to significantly, or even slightly affect our lives, but it is pretty cool to think about the fact that what's happening this year on our calendar won't happen for another 1,0000 years. Sure, we will have some palindrome dates between now and 2111, but it won't be 22 of them. Enjoy them while you can.

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