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Special Event

Millennium 2000: World Awakes to a New Millennium

Aired January 1, 2000 - 6:01 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JOIE CHEN, CNN ANCHOR: New York isn't alone, of course, in recovering from the reverie today.

CNN's Marina Kolbe takes us around the world on the first day of the year 2000.

(BEGIN VIDEOTAPE)

MARINA KOLBE, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): The Acropolis in Greece greets the dawning of the new millennium peacefully. The Acropolis was built on defensive high ground a half a millennium before Christ. Then, they built temples. Today, they build Web sites.

A world which now is so attached to technology has spent an estimated $200 to $600 billion to avoid the Y2K bug. Despite all the concerns, the clock ticked past midnight around the globe, but the bug didn't bite.

And it certainly didn't show up at festivities around the world, which went off without a hitch. It seemed like a domino effect of celebrations, as a celebration in one time zone gave way to another and another and another.

Countries with different religions, different calendars, different cultures turned this moment into a universal celebration.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE (through translator): I want to wish everyone in this new year whatever one could wish oneself.

KOLBE: And now they share the same goal on the after, tackling the task of cleaning up after the reverie, and a common woe is felt around the world.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Had a very good evening, went to lots of bars. And how are we going to get rid of the hangover? Basically crash out now for the next eight hours.

KOLBE: But some are not yet ready too rest.

In London, celebrations continue with the Parade of Color, pom pom girls and antique bikes.

In Paris, they showed their Joie de Vive (ph), marching in a street parade.

In Rome, a hearty few marked the start of the new millennium with a New Year's Day dip in the muddy waters of Rome's Tiber River.

And the Catholic Church designated January 1st as World Peace Day.

POPE JOHN PAUL II (through translator): We cross over the threshold of a new year with a commitment to make our contribution, that peace might become the daily language of people.

KOLBE: And as the world begins to write another page in history, the pope questioned what direction the great human family will take and urged people to push away the temptation to violence and war.

Marina Kolbe, CNN.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

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