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Author tim.peters
Recipients jerrykramskoy, louielu, matrixise, steve.dower, tim.peters
Date 2017-10-11.15:48:49
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The docs for the `time` module say:

Although this module is always available, not all functions are available on all platforms. Most of the functions defined in this module call platform C library functions with the same name. It may sometimes be helpful to consult the platform documentation, because the semantics of these functions varies among platforms.

The Windows `localtime()` simply doesn't support dates before the epoch:
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