it can be a big pain when all you need is a quick way to find the current date. Before Snow Leopard you would have to install a new application to get the job done. Now with a simple change in the system preferences you can display the current date on the menu bar.
Just go to the ‘Date & Time’ pane of the system preferences. On that page you can click ‘Show Date’ to start displaying the date. It’s a really simple tweak but one that can be extremely useful in everyday use of OS X.