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i've been looking for the same thing a while ago when using it on windows, and found out (at that time), that it wasn't possible from within thunderbird.
Thunderbird uses the default settings of your OS, when simply changing the date and time format of your OS, thunderbird will coppy this.
Please note this was with Thunderbird 1.0 under windows. but maybe you can try to look in that direction.
To get round it, I added this to /etc/profile (or you could add it to ~/.profile):
would I believe have the same effect.
(In the case of Australia, the correct setting is "en_AU". 'locale -a | egrep "en*"' will give you a full list of all locales for English speaking countries. 'locale' will display your current locale settings).
Randall - for the Netherlands, the correct locale is nl_NL. In Slack, you can either edit /etc/profile, or edit both /etc/profile.d/lang.sh and /etc/profile.d/lang.csh