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GregorianCalendar.MinSupportedDateTime Property

Gets the earliest date and time supported by the GregorianCalendar type.

Namespace:  System.Globalization
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

[ComVisibleAttribute(false)]
public override DateTime MinSupportedDateTime { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.DateTime
The earliest date and time supported by the GregorianCalendar type, which is the first moment of January 1, 0001 C.E. and is equivalent to MinValue.

Although the value of the MinSupportedDateTime property is the first moment of January 1, 0001 C.E., the Gregorian calendar was not introduced until October 15, 1582, and its adoption throughout the European continent and worldwide was slow. Until they adopted the Gregorian calendar, most cultures in the European, American, and Australian continents used the Julian calendar, which is represented by the JulianCalendar class.

The following code example gets the minimum value and the maximum value of the calendar.

using System;
using System.Globalization;


public class SamplesCalendar  {

   public static void Main()  {

      // Create an instance of the calendar.
      GregorianCalendar myCal = new GregorianCalendar();
      Console.WriteLine( myCal.ToString() );

      // Display the MinSupportedDateTime.
      DateTime myMin = myCal.MinSupportedDateTime;
      Console.WriteLine( "MinSupportedDateTime: {0:D2}/{1:D2}/{2:D4}", myCal.GetMonth(myMin), myCal.GetDayOfMonth(myMin), myCal.GetYear(myMin) );

      // Display the MaxSupportedDateTime.
      DateTime myMax = myCal.MaxSupportedDateTime;
      Console.WriteLine( "MaxSupportedDateTime: {0:D2}/{1:D2}/{2:D4}", myCal.GetMonth(myMax), myCal.GetDayOfMonth(myMax), myCal.GetYear(myMax) );

   }

}


/*
This code produces the following output.

System.Globalization.GregorianCalendar
MinSupportedDateTime: 01/01/0001
MaxSupportedDateTime: 12/31/9999

*/

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

XNA Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.0

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8.1

Supported in: Windows Phone Silverlight 8
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