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    Does YEAR begin with 1900?

    I'm trying to optimize my tables, so I changed a field where I list years (e.g. 1970) from VARCHAR to YEAR. But years from the 19th century and earlier aren't displaying. Do I need to make some sort of adjustment, or should I use a different data type, presumably TINYINT or CHAR?

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    TINYINT won't do, since the largest number it can hold is 127

    use SMALLINT
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    OK, SMALLINT works fine, except that items that don't have dates display 0 by default. Do you know how I can get rid of the 0? The default setting I entered for NULL is NULL.

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    yep, NULL is the answer
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