I am trying to insert a date into a mysql table field using

mysql_query("INSERT INTO table VALUES('$date')");

but when I open up mysql and run SELECT * FROM table; it returns a date value of 0000-00-00 instead of the current date at time of insert. Am I misunderstanding something with the php date function?

It was quotes around the date format string. Why does the obvious always become obvious only after you ask for help?

i think you have to use date_default_timezone_set('yourtime zone'); for me it is as follows date_default_timezone_set('Asia/Calcutta'); then call date();