This method takes
a date string an returns the number of milliseconds since January 01 1970
00:00:00, according to local time. It accepts the standard date syntax,
e.g. "Friday, 9 July, 11:10:00 GMT+0130". If a time zone is not specified,
this method assumes that the supplied string is local time.
This is a static method of Date and, subsequently, the syntax is
always Date.parse() as opposed to objectName.parse().
The following code uses the Date.parse method to set the value
of the myDate object to that of the supplied string.
myDate = new Date()
myDate.setTime(Date.parse("July 3, 1999"))
Sat Jul 3 00:00:00 UTC+0100 1999