The type of the
todate in several methods is set to
unix epoch date, range [0, 253,402,300,799]
I don't know what that is and I can't find any information -- can someone explain it or point me to the right place?
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These are Unix timestamps. They represent the number of seconds that have passed since the Unix Epoch, which occurred at 12:00 am UTC on January 1, 1970.
You can convert a human-readable date to / from a Unix timestamp using Wolfram Alpha. Example queries:
"convert January 15, 2005 14:56 PST to unix timestamp"
"convert unix timestamp 1105829760"
The end of the range is the highest possible date represented by as a timestamp.
convert unix timestamp 253402300799 Friday, 31 Dec 9999 23:59:59 GMT