math challenge

Week of October 14 - 20, 1996

Love Is In the Air

Trent, a young man who despaired of finding romance, went to visit the fortune-teller Madame Mathematicus on September 12, 1996.

She looked at his palm and told him, "Your true love, ye shall meet when the next year reads forward the same as it does backwards. The first month of the year that has 31 days, after following a month with 30 days, is your special month."

In what month of what year (following the Gregorian calendar) can Trent hope to meet his true love?

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