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Parse a date and time from a string

Given the string "2008-05-06 13:29", parse it as a date representing 6th March, 2008 1:29:00pm in the local time zone.
ruby
# With timezone info
puts Time.parse('2008-05-06 13:29')

Display information about a date

Display the day of month, day of year, month name and day name of the day 8 days from now.
ruby
require 'date'

next_week = Date.today + 8

puts next_week.day # day of month
puts next_week.yday # day of year
puts next_week.strftime('%B') # month name
puts next_week.strftime('%A') # day name

Display a date in different locales

Display a language/locale friendly version of New Year's Day for 2009 for several languages/locales. E.g. for languages English, French, German, Italian, Dutch the output might be something like:

Thursday, January 1, 2009
jeudi 1 janvier 2009
giovedì 1 gennaio 2009
Donnerstag, 1. Januar 2009
donderdag 1 januari 2009

(Indicate in comments where possible if any language specific or operating system configuration needs to be in place.)

Display the current date and time

Create a Date object representing the current date and time. Print it out.
If you can also do this without creating a Date object you can show that too.
ruby
puts DateTime.now