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  • [01] EUROPE / MILLENNIUM (L ONLY) BY RON PEMSTEIN (LONDON)

  • [01] EUROPE / MILLENNIUM (L ONLY) BY RON PEMSTEIN (LONDON)

    DATE=12/31/1999
    TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
    NUMBER=2-257682
    CONTENT=
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    INTRO: Europeans have welcomed the new century with firework displays and the popping of champagne corks. From the home of time, Ron Pemstein reports from London.

    TEXT: In the center of Greenwich Mean Time it is officially a new century. The chimes of Big Ben announced the year 2000 and 15 minutes of fireworks set the River Thames ablaze.

    /// BIG BEN CHIMES ACT //

    Just minutes before, Britain's Queen Elizabeth pulled a yellow curtain that unveiled the world's largest dome, called the "Millennium Dome". A few snowflakes did not dampen the spirits of the hundreds of thousands of people who lined the banks of the Thames to watch the fireworks display along the river. The display was said to have been visible from space. London's other center of New Year's activity was supposed to be the world's largest Ferris wheel, known as the "London Eye". Unfortunately, when the wheel began to spin on New Year's eve, it was without any passengers. Engineers determined earlier in the week that the capsules are not yet safe to give passengers a 40-kilometer view over London. Greenwich Mean Time is still the prime meridian of longitude but Europeans elsewhere had a good time an hour earlier when they celebrated the new millennium. In Paris, 20 thousand red lights on the Eiffel Tower and fireworks illuminated drizzly skies in Paris. The main boulevard, the Champs-Elysee, exploded in lights. At the same time a half million homes in France have been forced to celebrate the millennium by candlelight. Storms over the last week have crippled electricity towers and killed 86 people in France. It was the storms; not the Y-2K comthe Eiffel Tower that had worked without problems since 1997. In his New Year's address, President Jacques Chirac praised the French people for their solidarity in helping each other as they pass the gates of the year 2000. In Rome, Pope John Paul has given his first blessing of the new century to the crowds in Saint Peter's Square. He asked God to bless the new millennium to be filled with joy and peace. Fireworks exploded over Rome as they did over the Acropolis in Athens and the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Making all the festivities even more enjoyable is that the much-feared computer problem, the Y-2K bug did not materialize in Europe. (Signed)
    NEB/RP/KL 31-Dec-1999 21:07 PM EDT (01-Jan-2000 0207 UTC)
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