December 31, 1969 at 19:00 in New Jersey USA and Washington DC, the dte would be 1/1/1970 GMT in London. I would guess that you are seeing the first minute of UNIX dates beginning. Since it was today's news, are they starting a new UNIX again? 2038 ends the current one but I read that new ones would be twice as long in years. This would be posted in response to the post that asked why they got a CNN email with current breaking news but that 1969 date. Atlanta is GMT -5 in December.