Day of week for historical dates earlier than 1760

One of the ics files that I encountered in testing my events list plugin came from Google and had a “Zero Year” date in it.  There were probably reasons for this and I have to be thankful for the happening –   In looking into it I foundthat the php date format function for day of week $dateobj->format(‘w’);  “breaks” around the year 1760 and starts returning a “-1”.  Since I do have people using my plugin for anniversaries with earlier start dates (It’s not all musical gigs and sporting events!), I felt I needed to cope with it.

I now use the following code, which appears to work when comparing the weekdays using

$w = $dateobj->format('w');
if ($w == '-1') $w = get_oldweekdays($dateobj);

function get_oldweekdays ($d) {
   $dummy = new DateTime();
   $dummy = clone ($d);
   date_modify($dummy,'+91500 weeks'); 
   /* add weeks to get us back to a "working" date - 
   a guess from when the date started breaking, plus some extra to be safe */
   $w = $dummy->format('w');