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The Millennium Time Line
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Millennium bugs do not have a single trigger date on which they will
cause havoc.  There are a number of dates when they can appear:

     -    July 1, 1999.  Fiscal year 2000 begins in 46 US states.

     -    September 1, 1999.  Fiscal year 2000 begins in the state of
          Texas.

     -    September 9, 1999.  The representation of 9/9/99 is a default
          'nonsense' date in some programs.

     -    October 1999.  Three-month projections may fail.

     -    October 1, 1999.  Fiscal year 2000 starts in the states of
          Alabama and Michigan.

     -    October 1, 1999.  Fiscal year 2000 starts for the US federal
          government.

     -    October 3, 1999.  90-day projections may fail.

     -    December 1999.  One-month projections may fail.

     -    December 2, 1999.  30-day projections may fail.

     -    December 31, 1999.  IBM tapes marked 99365 (sometimes used as a
          'never expires' indicator) may expire.

     -    January 1, 2000.  Black Saturday.  Many, many failures.

     -    January 3, 2000.  First business day of the year 2000 in US.

     -    January 4, 2000.  First business day of the year 2000 in the UK.

     -    February 29, 2000.  Software packages may not think this date
          exists.  Some DEC PDP-11 minicomputers may not boot after this 
          date.

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