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Is a comma required after the date (year only or day of week only) that is in a prepositional phrase before the subject of the sentence? For example:

In 1966 I began college.

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It's just an inversion of the "default" sequence for such clauses in English - "I began college in 1966". If the relocated Modifying Phrase is really short, you certainly don't need the comma to maintain legibility. – FumbleFingers Sep 20 '12 at 21:44

You have to ask how strong an interruption to the sentence the prepositional phrase makes. I would say that in that case the answer was not very, and that consequently no comma was needed.

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I think it just changes the emphasis a bit. With the comma, there's a stronger emphasis on the year because of the pause. – David Schwartz Sep 20 '12 at 21:06

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