# Millennium Man

Liitle Millennium Man was born on Saturday 1 ^{st}
January 2000 and he will retire on the first Saturday 1
^{st} January that occurs after his 60 ^{th}
birthday.

How old will he be when he retires? He will live more than 100 years.

How many times will his birthday occur on a Saturday during this century?

What day of the week was the 1st January 2001 ... 1st January 2002 etc.?

What happens after $28$ years?

Julian of Hethersett High School made a table of the days of the week on 1 January every year from the year 2000 to the year 2100. He used the fact that the day of the week 'moves on' by $1$ day each year (why is that?) apart from immediately after a leap year when it 'moves on' by $2$ days. The pattern repeats after $28$ years.

The first Saturday 1 ^{st} January after 2060 is in 2061
so Millennium Man will retire on his 61 ^{st} birthday. The
1st January falls on a Saturday four times every $28$
years. It falls on a Saturday $15$ times this century so his
birthday will occur on a Saturday $15$ times during this
century.

Well done also Lizzie and Hollie, The Mount School, York and Fiona, Stamford High School, Lincolnshire. Congratulations also to Katherine and Rosalind from Chawson First School Droitwich who told us:

We made a note of which years were leap years and then counted up all the Saturdays. The first question came out as 2061 and the second came out as $15$.