American Samoa Last To Enter 2000
Jan. 01, 2000
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (AP) _ With fireworks and a candlelight march, this territory of 64,000 people became the last piece of U.S. soil to enter the 21st century.
Midnight arrived at 6 a.m. EST Saturday in the territory, five islands some 2,300 miles south of Hawaii.
Hundreds gathered at Veterans Stadium to watch fireworks and pray and sing in nine different languages. Lt. Gov. Togiola Tulafono led 300 youths from various religious denominations in a candlelight march around the stadium.
Singing was scheduled to last until 6 a.m. local time to welcome the first sunrise of the new year.
Church services also were held throughout the territory.
No Y2K-related computer problems were reported. The U.S. Coast Guard closed Pago Pago Harbor as a precaution.
In April, American Samoa will mark the 100th anniversary of its link to the United States.