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reading date

 data test;

input name $ 13. subj gender date date9.;

datalines;

john   kerry  1123   M   01jan2016

jack  adam   1124       F  02mar2015

;

here the program is not able to read the date,but if I use ":" (date:date9.) then it is able to read perfectly.Can you please explain why is it so?

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