March 1, 1998
By Scott Lewis
Are you looking forward to the new millennium. It's less than two years away. Or is it? When does the new millennium start? Is 2000 the year of the new millennium? Let's see.
In the beginning... (no, I am not going to fool around with any of that Jesus was really born in the summer stuff.) we created a calendar with the first year as 1, right? Then we have year 2, 3, 4, etc. The first decade is then the years 1 through 10. The second decade is years 11 to 20, etc. Can you see where I am going with this?
If we continue this logic, we should since there is no calendar year 0, then the first century was 1 to 100, the second was 101 to 200, etc. It then follows that the first millennium was 1 to 1000, and the current millennium is 1001 to 2000. The year 2000 is the last year of the second millennium. It looks like we have an extra year to go for the start of the third millennium in 2001. Sorry.
Considering all the computer problems that are being worked out for the year 2000, and the publics affection for big round numbers will override the truth, and we will celebrate the new millennium at midnight December 31/January 1, 2000.
Who is on my side. Any counter arguments. Let me know your thoughts on the subject.