Happy New Millennium Everybody!
This is for the many misinformed Americans who think that the beginning of the year 2000 was the beginning of the new millennium.
United States Naval Observatory
(The official timekeeper for the U.S.A.)
"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 Third Millennium does not begin until January 1, 2001 AD."
The preceeding information was stolen directly from a compilation by Phil Konstantin at
Note to eponymous - all centuries have 100 years each. A century of soldiers is 100 soldiers. A dollar is made up of 100 cents. Anything less that 100 per cent is not the whole.