I want someone to give a specific reason for why 1900-2000 is consider the 20th Century?
When known dates as far back as 10,000 B.C. and presently on 2010 A.D.?
So, please explain?
The FIRST Century? Was when it?
Was it O - 99 A.D.? Was it not?
O A.D. was a complete year, was it not? Then, wouldn't that be the first year?
I came across a side note, I made myself during my research and recently came across is again, as I was looking thru my stuff.
However, I am unable to find the exact reason? So could you help. I only bring this up because of something someone else said in another thread.
But, please do indulge.
Thank you in advance for your time.
Just to confuse things, Herod the Great died in 4 B.C...
It doesn't. It confuses it. Supposedly Jesus was born in the year 1 AD. But if Herod was king of Judea at the time of his birth, and Herod died in 4 BC, then he could not have been born later than 4 BC.
In fact the calendar was begun much later, and was calculated backwards somehow or other. But the first century is supposed to be the first hundred years from the time Jesus was born, ie, the years 1 to 100. So, I think, technically, we all celebrated the turn of the millenium a year early. But I have to admit to being sketchy on all of this...
So am I and I'd rather not dig thru my research, there is just too much information and this would be a very small sliver of it. As Jen has already provided the answer.
But, to me, seems out of whack? Then again, it really doesn't matter to me. I only posted it to get an answer for skyfire.
"The 20th century actually ended on December 31, 2000, its centennial year."
Technically, we did celebrate a year early...
"According to the Gregorian calendar, the 1st century C.E. started on January 1, 1 and ended on December 31, 100. The 2nd century started at year 101, the third at 201, etc. The n-th century started/will start on the year 100×n - 99. A century will only include one year, the centennial year, that starts with the century's number (e.g. 1900 is the final year in the 19th century).
End of the 20th century
It is a commonly held misconception that the 20th century ended on December 31, 1999. The 20th century actually ended on December 31, 2000, its centennial year. In the United States, this fact has been disputed with major media calling December 31, 1999 the end of the 20th century. The century referred to as the 1900s would, however, end on December 31, 1999."
The first year is 1, not 0.
So, the second century began in 101.
Actually, it was jen. Thank you, but could you answer my initial question.
Was 0 a.d. a complete year?
I'd rather be learning quantum physics.
This is making my head hurt.
"A.M. and P.M.
What is Noon and Midnight?
A.M. and P.M. start immediately after Midnight and Noon (Midday) respectively.
This means that 00:00 A.M. or 00:00 P.M. (or 12:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.) have no meaning.
Every day starts precisely at midnight and A.M. starts immediately after that point in time e.g. 00:00:01 A.M. (see also leap seconds)"
I think the concept therefore is that 0 AD has no meaning, just as 00:00 AM has no meaning.
So, 0 AD was not a complete year.
I'm going to bed now. LOL
Thank you so much. Sorry, it made your head hurt. I really appreciate it.
Let's take a break and go debate the meaning of the word "truth". That's an easier topic...
I've heard people say we celebrate a new decade in the wrong year, but it's so confusing. So, I had to look it up...
Want to make your head spin? google this:
is 12pm noon or midnight
It seems obvious, but when you start reading different points of view, it's confusing as hell.
11:59:59 am ends the morning.
12:00:01 pm begins the afternoon.
12:00:00 doesn't exist????
see you later!
<edit> my mac switched from 11:59:59 PM to 12:00:00 AM. so it's not meaningless...
But, wasn't 0 a.d. a year? or No?
edit: measure of day, week and month began when? do you know?
Sometimes I think I should stop reading what everyone else says an offer my own opinion. Then I just smile and wait to see the next post by someone else. Anyway, I just wanted to say I appreciate the discussion. Goodnight.
Somebody explain me how it is 21st century when we have year 2010 ?
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