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
> >> by the sixth-century scholar Dionysius Exiguus,
> who was compiling a
> >>of dates of Easter. Rather than starting with the
> year zero, years in
> >> calendar begin with the date January 1, 1 Anno
> Domini (AD).
> >> 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
> 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.
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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