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The fifth millennium is a period of time that will begin on January 1, 4001, and will end on December 31, 5000.

Astronomical events

  • 4285 (August 6): Venus occults Regulus.
  • 4296 (November 22): Venus occults Antares.
  • Circa 4380, Comet Hale-Bopp is expected to return to the inner solar system. It last dominated the skies of Earth in 19961997.
  • 4557 (November 10): Venus occults Regulus.
  • 4747 (August 14): Venus occults Regulus.
  • 4772
    • October 13: The Mayan Calendar will require a sixth digit.
    • October 21: The Mayan king Pacal of Palenque predicted that on this date the eightieth Calendar Round anniversary of his accession will be celebrated.
  • 49th century: The Great Comet of 1811 is expected to return to the inner solar system. According to calculations made at the time, the comet should return around the year 4876.

Astrological events

Sometime during the first eight centuries of the 5th millennium (calculations vary among different astrologers), the 2,158 year long Age of Aquarius will end and the Age of Capricorn will begin.

Fictional events

  • In the Zager and Evans song, In the Year 2525—"In the year 4545. Ain't gonna need your teeth, won't need your eyes. You won't find a thing to chew. Nobody's gonna look at you."
  • A majority of the events of David Weber's Honor Harrington novels and short stories take place during the early years of the fifth millennium.
  • The Playstation game series Colony Wars is set during the 5th millennium.
  • A scene in SB-129 from the animated television series, SpongeBob SquarePants takes place on March 6, 4017.
  • The events of David Macaulay's Motel of the Mysteries take place in 4022.
  • The song Wykydtron by Canadian metal band 3 Inches of Blood is set in a dystopian year 4055.
  • The Blasterman universe mainly takes place in the early 4060's.
  • The events of the Doctor Who episode 42 take place in the 42nd century.
  • The events of the Doctor Who episode Planet of the Ood take place in the 42nd century, in the year 4126. The Ood cease to be slaves to humans at this point in time.
  • In the film A. I., which begins in the mid 22nd century, a sequence said to take place 2000 years later, features the extinction of mankind after the ocean freezes over, but the descendants of mankind's early intelligent robots, the Mechas, return to Earth and are seen excavating parts of frozen-over NYC to discover their origins and discover an ancient android, a boy named David.
  • Susan from the television programme Doctor Who is born in the 49th century.
  • The novel series Fifth Millennium by Stirling, Wehrstein and Meier is set in this time, chronicling the lives and travels of several connected characters in a 'low magic' fantasy world that emerged after a nuclear war destroyed almost all former civilization on Earth.
  • The Marvel Comics Super-villain Kang the Conqueror rules the Earth in the 41st century according to the comics.
  • Iain M Banks' novel The Algebraist is set in 4034.
  • The Year 4338: Petersburg Letters, an 1835 novel by Vladimir Odoevsky, is set in the year 4338.
  • 4444: Events of Neo Contra.
  • 4665: Events of The Caves of Steel.
  • 4667: Events of The Naked Sun.
  • 4670: Events of The Robots of Dawn.
  • 4870: Events of Robots and Empire.
  • In 4846 (or, more accurately, the 12th day of Kalends, CY 9772), the Andromeda Ascendant will be commissioned by the Systems Commonwealth High Guard (for the television series Andromeda).
  • The Japanese anime Battle Athletes takes place in 4999 at an athletic training school in Antarctica, which is located on the equator after a great catastrophe in 2015.
  • In several stories written by H. P. Lovecraft, the beginning of "the cruel Tsan-Chan Empire" will take place in the year 5000.
  • The Ratchet and Clank series on PlayStation is theorized to take place in the 4790s, due to one character in the 2nd game stating, "Log-entry 4792...". Since all the games take place a year after each preceding one, the timeline goes from 4791 to 4798.



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