Agreed. Stylistically I relegate data formatting to the model and make moderate use of the functions in MySQL that help with this - CONCAT, CONCAT_WS, and so on. When I say formatting with regards to a view I mean style formatting.
You would not want to do that if for example your date was going to be formatted to accommodate users from different countries, one which displays dd/mm/yyyy and another that displays mm/dd/yyyy.
Good example, though I personally shy away from that particular shorthand for that reason. I was born on June 8th, not August 6th
It's easier to avoid the issue entirely with the three digit abbreviation of the month name: "Jan 4 2001" doesn't take noticably more space than "1/4/2001" but it certainly isn't ambiguous between sides of the Atlantic.
For those wondering, British convention is dd/mm/yyyy, American and Candadian convetion is mm/dd/yyy