format different sql dates into mm/dd/yyyy format

I have an sql server 2012 order table that has dates in various formats stored in a varchar field  

here is a sample

order id
    1                     Null
    2                   12-01-2017
    3                    01/01/93
    4                    01/03/16
    5                     12/01/1999
     6                    2-2-07

trying to write a query that would "force" dates into mm/dd/yyyy format

(no year is before1990)

if the date is null would like it formatted as 01/01/1900

given the sample I would like to see

ordered  date
1               01/01/1900
2               12/01/2017
3                01/01/1993
4                01/03/2016
5                12/01/1999
6                02/02/2007
johnnyg123Asked:
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Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
What DBMS are you using (SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, ...)?
johnnyg123Author Commented:
ms sql server 2012
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Give this a try.

SELECT [Line], CONVERT(date, IsNull([order id], '1-1-1900')) AS [order id] FROM
(SELECT 1 AS [Line], NULL AS [order id]
UNION
SELECT 2 AS [Line], '12-01-2017' AS [order id]
UNION
SELECT 3 AS [Line], '01/01/93' AS [order id]
UNION
SELECT 4 AS [Line], '01/03/16' AS [order id]
UNION
SELECT 5 AS [Line], '12/01/1999' AS [order id]
UNION
SELECT 6 AS [Line], '2-2-07' AS [order id]) As t1

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Garfield SamuelsProject ManagerCommented:
Try:

SELECT convert(datetime, [ordered  date], 101)
Mark WillsTopic AdvisorCommented:
You can use FORMAT, but need to check if it is a date to use format

e.g. select iif(isdate(yourdate) = 1,format(cast(yourdate as date),'d','en-US'),'01/01/1900')

That leaves it as a string, or convert to a date data type...

select iif(isdate(yourdate) = 1,cast(yourdate as date),'1900-01-01')

edit : select iif(isdate(yourdate) = 1,format(cast(yourdate as date),'MM\/dd\/yyyy'),'01/01/1900')
Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
If all the dates are good, you can do something like this:

SELECT CONVERT(varchar(10), CAST(NULLIF(column_name, 'NULL') AS date), 101)

Btw, that format seems like a bad idea, since it doesn't compare accurately nor sort accurately.  You should consider using yyyy-mm-dd.
Dean ChafeeIT/InfoSec ManagerCommented:
udpate [tblname] set [order date]  = replace( CAST([order date] AS varchar),'-','/')  where isdate([order date]) =1;
go
udpate [tblname] set [order date]  = '01/01/1900'  where [order date] = NULL;
go

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NerdsOfTechTechnology ScientistCommented:
TRY_CONVERT is a safe approach to the date conversion as on error (from say a malformed or invalid date) it returns null; this null and a natural null can then default to 01/01/1900.
 SELECT 
 `order_id`,
 IsNull(TRY_CONVERT(DATE, `order_date`, 101), CONVERT(DATE,'01/01/1900')) AS `ordered_date`
 FROM orders

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johnnyg123Author Commented:
Thanks too all that responded
needed is date check as part of it
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