How to display the date in the OS X menu bar

Not having the date up there has irked me from day one. I didn’t see an option for it in System Preferences, so I gave up. Well, I should have persisted. Here is Paul Stamatiou’s solution to it, which I summarize here:
Go to “System Preferences : International : Formats” and click “Customize” under dates. Construct the date you want, then select it and copy it to the clipboard. Click Cancel to go back to International : Formats and click “Customize” under time. Select “Medium” from the drop down and paste in your date where you want it. Done.

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