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I have my database set to insert the current time stamp when an entry is made into the table, I am then trying to retrieve via the following code:


$select_view_idea="SELECT * FROM $tbl_name5 WHERE message_number='$message_number'";
$date=date('l, F jS Y h:i:s A T', $date);
echo $date;


The above is outputting:

Wednesday, December 31st 1969 07:33:31 PM EST


the database contains:

2011-11-18 00:47:56

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The reason this is happening is because PHP uses Unix timestamps while MySQL uses MySQL timestamps


Your best solution is to use MySQL's date formatting functions


SELECT date, DATE_FORMAT(date, '%W %M %D, %Y') as date_formatted FROM table


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