The number of countries that format the date as date/month/year is long. Still many others format the date as year/month/date. The United States is among only a handful of countries that write the date in the format month/date/year. Did we just need to be different? The former two are either decreasing or increasing specificity from left to right. That makes sense. The way we Americans do it doesn’t follow logic. To make matters even more confusing we say July third and the following day is the fourth of July. What?