If you choose your date to show in this format --> "Thursday, January 20, 2011", the length of this field will vary for different dates. For example, compare "Wednesday, September 14, 2011" and "Friday, May 6, 2011". In this tutorial, I'll show you how you can easily alter the date format to show in a fixed length size.
Why does it matter? It doesn't. I spent hours to come up with this solution, and self-taught some Java to myself along the process. Answers like these are too good not to be shared here. Well, that and you get a fixed size for your date field, something that might help you shape your template in your own way.
That will be all folks. Cheers and God bless.