Colorado's Y2K EOC Flashes Feb 6, 1936 as Midnight Hits : LUSENET : Grassroots Information Coordination Center (GICC) : One Thread

GOLDEN, Colo. (AP) -- A dispatch terminal at Colorado's Y2K emergency operations center flashed the wrong date at midnight Friday, but it was not Jan. 1, 1900 -- it was Feb. 6, 1936.

"When we rolled over to 2000, the terminal rolled over to that date,'' said Polly White, a spokeswoman for the Colorado Office of Emergency Management. "Which is kind of weird, isn't it?'' The rollover to the year 2000 had raised concerns that some computers would treat Jan. 1, 1999 as Jan. 1, 1900 -- not the 37th day of 1936. The strange date did not affect communications and was still showing on the terminal when the center at Camp George West was closed down at 10 a.m. MST, Ms. White said. It was the only glitch to report all night.

Officials called Motorola, which made the terminal, and the company said no similar problems had been reported. Ms. White said she had no idea why the date appeared.

-- Jennifer Bunker (Salt Lake City, Utah) (, January 03, 2000

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