Thunderbird and bad date format

Basically the date format in Thunderbird follows the system locale – in a terminal type ‘locale’ and the LANG entry should be something like en_GB – if it’s en_US, that’s why it’s displaying the date in the bizarre US format which is MM/DD/YYYY rather than DD/MM/YYYY

To rectify this problem:

1. locale -a
2. vim /etc/locale.gen
3. uncomment:
en_GB.UTF-8 UTF-8
4. comment out:
en_US.UTF-8 UTF-8
5. locale-gen
6. localedef --list-archive OR localectl list-locales
7. vim /etc/locale.conf
LANG=en_US.UTF-8

To make locale changes immediate:

8. unset LANG
9. source /etc/profile.d/locale.sh