If you for some reason need/want `read` you could say:

    read -r user mm dd time1 time2

    date="$mm $dd"

Using `-r` is generally a good idea – even when one *think* one does not need it.

>The -r option to read prevents backslash interpretation (usually used as a backslash newline pair, to continue over multiple lines). Without this option, any backslashes in the input will be discarded. You should almost always use the -r option with read.


Else, if you have control on input you could say:

    121212 "Jan\ 14" 00 12

Then you do *not* use `-r`!