Monday, March 03, 2003

Today Is A Very Special Day

Take a look at the calendar: today is the third day of the third month of the third year of the third millennium. That's an awful lot of threes.

The last time anything similar happened was on February 2, 1002 - the year that King Aethelred II (or Ethelred) of England - named the "unraed" (mistranslated as unready) for his habit of taking bad advice - massacred his Danish citizens - provoking a Viking invasion by Svein Forkbeard.

Though the date 1,000 years and 18 days later was pretty interesting too: if you put the month after the day (20.02.2002) you got a numerical palindrome. Strict adherents to the month-day-year formula will have to wait until February 20, 2020 (02.20.2020) for such joy.

From The UK Guardian

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