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Subject:Re: Turn of the century, millenium, etc. From:Richard Mateosian <srm -at- C2 -dot- ORG> Date:Mon, 5 Feb 1996 00:03:25 -0800
>The 21st century starts on Jan. 1, 2001.
I think most folks on this list agree on that point, but I just heard
Stephen J. Gould on the radio saying that he thinks the "common-sense"
popular answer will win out over the "correct" high-culture answer.
That is, this argument comes up every hundred years, and in the past the
high-culture sources like the New York Times and the Farmer's Almanac have
prevailed over the voiceless popular view. Now, however, according to Gould,
pop culture and high-culture have become so intermingled that the
1999-to-2000 transition, the common-sense signal, will mark the new