Mo's word for today is DATE.
Some time ago (March 29, 2007 to be exact) I wrote in my other blog Answers to the Questions a post on "How to Read and Write Roman Numerals." Ever since, I've had people commenting on that post asking questions about how to write numbers and DATES in Roman Numerals. To DATE I have 369 questions/comments from all sorts of people as well as kids in school, who need to write an Arabic number in Roman Numerals.
A lot of people want to write his/her birthday or wedding date in a tattoo on their body somewhere. I've answered every request for the translation of a DATE. Some people want to know things like how do you write 2 million, 2 billion, etc. Of course I tell them the Romans really never dealt with such large numbers but we in contemporary society haver figured out how those numbers should be written.
Here's a chart of Roman Numerals:
Click on the chart to embiggen (love this word!)
Now if you want to write a DATE in Roman Numerals here are a couple of examples (written month/DATE/year, the way Americans write DATES)
January 1, 2008 = I I MMVIII
July 4, 1776 = VII IV MDCCLXXVI (Independence Day in U.S.)
British and Europeans write DATES: DATE/month/year
25 December 2007 = XXV XII MMVII
19 May 1536 = XIX V MDXXXVI (Ann Bolyn executed)
Can you read the Roman Numerals on the coin on the left above? I'll leave the answer in the comments. :)
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