Pam Charles bluecalyptus at YAHOO.COM
Sun Jan 2 16:30:10 MST 2000

--- tommatiska <TomMatiska at COMPUSERVE.COM> wrote:

> Message text written by  The U. S. Naval Observatory
> >> The end of the second millennium and the
> beginning of the third will be
> >>reached on January 1, 2001. This date is  based on
> the now globally
> >> recognized Gregorian calendar, the initial epoch
> of which was
> established
> >> by the  sixth-century scholar Dionysius Exiguus,
> who was compiling a
> table
> >>of dates of Easter. Rather than starting with  the
> year zero, years in
> this
> >> calendar begin with the date January 1, 1 Anno
> Domini (AD).
> Consequently,
> >> the next   millennium does not begin until
> January 1, 2001 AD.
> Hogwash!   The new millennium started yesterday in
> the year 2000.   The
> last century started with 1900. The last decade
> started on Jan 1 1990(or is
> someone going to tell me the year 1990 belongs to
> the decade of the
> 80's?).
> True a sixth-century scholar cheated the first
> decade out of a year but
> that doesn't mean we should continue to screw this
> up forever.  Folks are
> just going to have to get over the fact that 2000
> years ago the first year
> of the first decade was called 1 B.C. and not zero.
>  Surely the Naval
> observatory has better things to do with our tax
> dollars than pursue such
> maters on their (our) website.
> Tom

Sorry Tom.  The Year of Our Lord (Anno Domini) began
with year ONE. Hence, each century Ends in Zero, and
each new one begins as the first -- with One.

The only way to have it the other way around is to
count the centuries backwards.


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