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    Re: millenium - 2000 or 2001?
    From: Roger M. Derby
    Date: 1999 Dec 27, 9:22 AM

    Paul Baechler wrote:
    >
    > So when you get change for a $100 bill do you expect the counting to
    > start at zero and to get back 99 $1 bills.
    
    That's what will happen if you don't start counting at zero.  You subtract the
    starting amount from the ending amount.  ($100 - 0 = $100,  $100 - 1 = $99)
    
    > >There not only wasn't a year zero.  There wasn't a
    > >year 1000 one millennium ago,
    > >even if you allow a couple of years slop.
    >
    > On what do you base this statement?
    >
    An authoritative source stated that:
    > The system of numbering years from the birth of Jesus
    > was first suggested in about 525 AD, and started to be
    > accepted in Europe in the 8th or 9th century.  There
    > is a great deal of uncertainly about the exact dates.
    
    And another stated that the calendar wasn't adopted until sometime after the
    eleventh.  I may have misstated it, but if you reset the odometer, all bets are
    off as to how many years have elapsed.
    
    Roger
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    http://www.seidata.com/~derbyrm
    

       
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