datetime.strptime is the main routine for parsing strings into datetimes. It can handle all sorts of formats, with the format determined by a format string you give it:
from datetime import datetime datetime_object = datetime.strptime('Jun 1 2005 1:33PM', '%b %d %Y %I:%M%p')
datetime object is timezone-naive.
strftime.org is also a really nice reference for strftime
strptime= "string parse time"
strftime= "string format time"
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Also, as seen in a comment made by @Izkata, if you want a date instead of a datetime, going through datetime handles it nicely: datetime.strptime('Jun 1 2005', '%b %d %Y').date() == date(2005, 6, 1)