If you have been spending to much time on social media and fell for the latest iPhone prank, Apple says to contact support to get your bricked iPhone fixed. If you can handle a screw driver you can fix it yourself on your own risk.
I admit, I spend a lot of time online. It is part of my job. I did though not see this "Change the date to January 1st, 1970" iPhone prank. BGR has an image of the prank. An image promised an Apple easter egg when changing the date manually on the iPhone to January 1st, 1970. There is no easter egg and you just bricked your iPhone following the instructions.
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The iPhone would enter an endless reboot cycle after the date change. Apple has acknowledge now in a support document that this bug exists. It will be fixed in the next iOS update. For iPhone owners that fell for the date prank, Apple tells to contact the Apple support. Apple says in the support document that the bug happens with all dates prior May 1970.
Youtuber JerryRigEverything has an alternative method, but that requires to open your iPhone and disconnect the battery. This resets the date. Watch the instructions below. The safe route is though to bring your bricked iPhone to an Apple shop and hope that none of the geniuses laughs at you.