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Year 2000 party is over in St. John's

The CBC rang in the new millennium across all six Canadian time zones with star-studded performances, fantastic fireworks and multiple renditions of Auld Lang Syne. CBC Television's marathon 26-hour New Year's worldwide special, 2000 Today, was the most ambitious live project in the corporation's history. CBC Radio ushered in the 21st century with its 20-hour live broadcast, "Champagne, Moose and Maple Syrup."

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While the new millennium festivities are still going strong on Canada's West Coast, on the East Coast the party is winding down. Water has replaced the "dark and dirties" for many tired revellers. It's 5:30 a.m. in St. John's, Nfld., where pub owner Colin Dalton has been working since the night before. He sounds exhausted but cheerful. How many people are left in the pub? Asks CBC's Avril Benoit. "75 are here and 20 probably know they're here," says Dalton. 
• More than 300 million bottles of champagne were popped during the millennium celebrations throughout the world.
• The Los Angeles Times asked its readers to create a slogan for the new millennium. Some notable entries included:
- "Y2K, You're OK."
- "Hurry, hurry, hurry, step right this way, the saucer leaves at midnight!"
- "YNot2K?"
Medium: Radio
Program: CBC Radio Special
Broadcast Date: Dec. 31, 1999
Guest(s): Colin Dalton
Host: Bernard St. Laurent, Avril BenoƮt
Duration: 4:09

Last updated: March 19, 2012

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