Letter: Year 2000 is too late for new millennium

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Sir: All your correspondents are wrong about when to start the new millennium bash (Letters, 1, 3 October). Both dates, 1 January 2000 or 2001, are far off the mark for the simple reason that the Christian world started counting their years from the birth of Christ, which was 1 AD or anno Domini - the first 'year of our Lord'.

All historians worth their salt no longer believe it was the year '0' or 1 AD. For, if Christ was born in Palestine during the rule of King Herod the Great, who died in 4 BC, then he must have been born earlier.

Yours faithfully,



London, SW2