Date formatting not working

I have date formatting for my blog working fine on the initial page using...

mysql_select_db($database_GrandRoofing, $GrandRoofing);
$query_Recordset1 = "SELECT id, intro, title, date_format(`eventdate`,'%D %M %Y') as `formattedDate`, copy, images, category FROM news ORDER BY eventdate DESC";
$query_limit_Recordset1 = sprintf("%s LIMIT %d, %d", $query_Recordset1, $startRow_Recordset1, $maxRows_Recordset1);
$Recordset1 = mysql_query($query_limit_Recordset1, $GrandRoofing) or die(mysql_error());
$row_Recordset1 = mysql_fetch_assoc($Recordset1);

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However, when I try to use it on a results page I get a 'Query was empty' error'

This code works fine without formatting..

$colname_Recordset1 = "-1";
if (isset($_GET['id'])) {
  $colname_Recordset1 = (get_magic_quotes_gpc()) ? $_GET['id'] : addslashes($_GET['id']);
}
mysql_select_db($database_GrandRoofing, $GrandRoofing);
$query_Recordset1 = sprintf("SELECT id, intro, title, eventdate, copy, images, category FROM news WHERE id = %s", GetSQLValueString($colname_Recordset1, "int"));
$Recordset1 = mysql_query($query_Recordset1, $GrandRoofing) or die(mysql_error());
$row_Recordset1 = mysql_fetch_assoc($Recordset1);
$totalRows_Recordset1 = mysql_num_rows($Recordset1);

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but when I try to format it like the first bit of code the error occurs...

$colname_Recordset1 = "-1";
if (isset($_GET['id'])) {
  $colname_Recordset1 = (get_magic_quotes_gpc()) ? $_GET['id'] : addslashes($_GET['id']);
}
mysql_select_db($database_GrandRoofing, $GrandRoofing);
$query_Recordset1 = sprintf("SELECT id, intro, title, date_format(`eventdate`,'%D %M %Y') as `formattedDate`, copy, images, category FROM news WHERE id = %s", GetSQLValueString($colname_Recordset1, "int"));
$Recordset1 = mysql_query($query_Recordset1, $GrandRoofing) or die(mysql_error());
$row_Recordset1 = mysql_fetch_assoc($Recordset1);
$totalRows_Recordset1 = mysql_num_rows($Recordset1);

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Any ideas why the formatting is causing this error?
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Ray PaseurCommented:
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No really good ideas what might be wrong but I can tell you the easy way to handle this sort of thing.  Store all the dates in ISO-8601 format (MySQL DATE or DATETIME column type).  And use the ISO-8601 representations for all internal purposes.  In PHP, this is date('c').  Then when you want to reformat a date for presentation, use strtotime() and date() to turn the ISO format into a nice, human-readable format.  If you want day, month and year, it might look something like this...
$query_Recordset1 = "SELECT id, intro, title, eventdate, copy, images, category FROM news ORDER BY eventdate DESC";
$Recordset1 = mysql_query($query_Recordset1) or die("FAIL: $query_Recordset1<br/>" . mysql_error());
$row_Recordset1 = mysql_fetch_assoc($Recordset1);
$formattedDate = date('j M Y', strtotime($row_Recordset1['eventdate']));

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