mysql date/time functions

Better than using PHP to time format date times stored in your database for easier human readability is using MySQLs built in functions:

To turn a date time stamp into a readable time on the 12 hour clock with an AM/PM signifier
TIME_FORMAT(date_time,’%h:%I:%l %p’) as time

Returning just the date time portion of date time stamp
DATE(date_time) as date

Make a date pretty
Unlike the actual dates I go on, in MySQL you can actually make her pretty, the following code would convert 2008-01-01 into Jan 01, 2008.
DATE_FORMAT(tour.date_time,’%b %d, %Y’) as date

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.0/en/date-and-time-functions.html