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Did people celebrate the turn of the year 1000?

Asked by lozza (307points) August 30th, 2008 from iPhone

1st millennium party!

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joeysefika's avatar

No, they were to worried about Y1K (sorry it had to be said)

Lightlyseared's avatar

Yeah the y1k bug screwed up their stone circles.

nina's avatar

Yes, but in the dark – it was Dark Ages after all!

Mr_M's avatar

Yes! And I’ll bet Guy Lombardo was there even THEN!

JackAdams's avatar

According to one of my history books, when the calendar went from 999 AD to 1000 AD, the Chinese were totally unprepared for this, and every Abacus in China suddenly FROZE at 12 AM, local time, on January 1, 1000.

NONE of the beads on the strings would move at all, and engineers had to be summoned to re-boot every single (or married) Abacus in the entire country.

It took many months to do this, before every Abacus was functioning normally, once again.

Can you just imagine the financial and economic chaos that ensued, when every Abacus in China just stopped working?

I’m glad I wasn’t around to witness it…

August 30, 2008, 10:16 AM EDT

marinelife's avatar

The concept of the millennium was not strictly tied to our current calendars. Here is an article that gives some background, and an excerpt to answer your specific question:

“As the year 1000 approached, many people apparently anticipated it with panic and terror, believing that 5,000 years had preceded the birth of Jesus. When that timemark slipped by uneventfully, people drew the obvious conclusion—only four millennia had elapsed.”

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