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Fin de siècle countdown

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 18 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1595
  1. Jeff Aronson, clinical pharmacologist
  1. Oxford

    So, does the new millennium really begin on 1 January 2000, which is when everyone will celebrate it, or on 1 January 2001, as Arthur C Clarke told us it would? I don't think that it matters. If you don't like to think of the year 2000 as the start of the third millennium, just think of it as the start of the two thousands. This is, after all, the Italian way. For instance, trecento art and literature is from the 1300s—that is, the …

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