New beginnings

It was the most monitored midnight in history.

Saturday, 1 January, 2000, 12:00am

Not enough time? Actually, there's too much!

Most of us will have better things to do than debate when the new millennium really starts.

Come January 1, 2000, we will be too preoccupied with drink or relief that our plane to Bali didn't crash or that our life savings didn't disappear because of computer failure to bother about academic arguments over the next thousand years.

18 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

New millennium seen in a different light

The whole world will be celebrating the beginning of the third millennium on January 1, 2000, but if you had done a little mathematics, you may see things differently. Then you would realise that the actual start of the next millennium is not in 2000, but a year later.

24 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Ask mr Brain...all will be explained

Why is the year Jesus Christ was born called 1 AD? SHIRLEY AU Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School The term AD originally meant anno Diocletiani, meaning the year of the Emperor Diocletian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 284 until 305. Dates were calculated from the year he became emperor, so our modern 284 was, to the Romans, 1 AD.

9 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Bugged by millennium debate

Surely the biggest problem with regard to the calculation of the date of the millennium is that the 'Letters To The Editor' pages are full of boring letters about calculating the date of the millennium.

Rightly or wrongly, most of us will be out celebrating this coming December 31/January 1. Party poopers and pedants are welcome to stay at home.

28 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Christian scholar might know

Those who have been proclaiming the year 2000 as the first year of the third millennium clearly have a vested interest in establishing the accuracy of their claim - otherwise they will look foolish.

26 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Wrong date

I refer to my letter headlined, 'Innocent mistake' (South China Morning Post, July 17) about the debate on the starting date of the new millennium.

I referred to the birth of Jesus as January 1, 1 AD. Due to a typographical error, the next sentence read, 'The day after would be January 1, 1 AD and so on.' This should have been January 2, 1 AD.

19 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Interesting mistake

I refer to the letter from Jesse Brown (South China Morning Post, July 10) on the new millennium.

Mr Brown makes an interesting mistake when he states, contra Geoff Alves (letter, Post, June 15), that the new millennium will start on January 1, 2000.

17 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Following very simple method

Geoff Alves is absolutely wrong in stating that the millennium begins on January 1, 2001 (letter headlined, 'False dawn', South China Morning Post, June 15).

In the Gregorian calendar, dates are calculated backwards (BC 'before Christ' or BCE 'before Common Era') and forwards (AD 'anno Domini' or CE 'Common Era') from year one (an assumed date of the birth of Jesus).

10 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Calculating crucial date

I have to disagree with your reader H. Lloyd (South China Morning Post, June 12) that the new millennium starts on January 1, 2000.

If we take the date as being based on Jesus' birth we will find the following: the day before Jesus was born was what historians call 1 BC, the day after he was born is known as 1 AD.

16 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

False dawn

To Matthew Bailey (letter, 'Wrong date', South China Morning Post, June 7), your father is correct. You cannot start a new millennium until you have completed the previous one.

A millennium is a thousand years. Two millennia are two thousand years.

15 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

The real start

One of your correspondents was recently trying to decide who exactly was right about the real start of the millennium: is it January 1, 2000, or January 1, 2001? Perhaps the following will help.

Had Jesus Christ been Chinese, he would have been born one year old, according to Chinese custom, and the new millennium would start on January 1, 2001.

12 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Wrong date

A lot of things have been going on in the world related to the new millennium. There have been announcements in golf, that 'this is the last PGA match in the 20th century', or 'this will be the last Hong Kong International School prom in this millennium.' I addressed the question to my father about when the new century and millennium actually begin.

7 Jun 1999 - 12:00am

Millennium celebrations out of kilter

These are bad times, quite literally. A rather strange occurrence is marking the fin de siecle.

Not as the doomsayers predicted, with meteor showers raining down, or a little local difficulty at a place called Armageddon.

A large section of mankind is in the grip of a mind-boggling phenomena.

28 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Year early?

The Government is to spend millions at midnight this New Year's Eve to celebrate the millennium.

I thought the next century, that is the 21st century, and the third millennium would not start until midnight of December 31 2000 which marks the end of the 20th century as well as the second millennium.

9 Apr 1999 - 12:00am