World's Millennium Celebration A Year Too Early

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From where I sit, and from what little book learning I got, it looks like there are some 368 days from this date, Dec. 31, 1999, before the new millennium rolls around.


This coming Jan. 1, 2000, is the very first day of the last year in this decade of the 20th century. Right? Right.


Almost any fifth-grade student can tell you that there are 10 years in a decade and that there are 10 decades in a century. So if a person can count from one to 10, he or she should understand that each century ends with "00th" year.


Yet, some of the super minds in our town think that Jan. 1, 2000, is the beginning of the 21st century. But so.


There is still one day left in 1999, and since 2000 is a leap year, it will have 367 days. So anyway you slice it, there are, from this date, Dec. 31, 1999, 368 days before the new millennium, or Jan. 1, 2001.


Now that is the way it is, friend, and that is the way I see it.


Bill Webb, Payson

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