"As it turns out, Jan. 2, 2010 will be the second palindromic date in this still-young century, Aziz said. The first was Oct. 2, 2001 (or 10-02-2001). And there will be another next year, on Nov. 2, 2011 (or 11-02-2011). But living through three such dates in a lifetime, Aziz discovered, is exceedingly rare. Before 2001, the last time Western civilization experienced a palindromic date was more than 629 years ago, on Aug. 31, 1380 (or 08-31-1380)."
(from The Baltimore Sun)