Over Six Billion Counted
World Population Reaches New Milestone
On October 12, 1999, the United Nations Population Fund estimated the world's population reached six billion, celebrating the occasion as the "Day of 6 Billion." At two minutes past midnight, a male baby born in Bosnia was symbolically designated the world's six billionth person by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
Differing estimates of the actual population turning point exist, most notably the records of the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to the Census Bureau, the world population reached the 6 billion mark on July 19, 1999, at about 12:24:02 am GMT (July 18 at 8:24:02 pm EST). Every minute there are an estimated 250 births and 103 deaths in the world, which equals an increase of 147 people every sixty seconds.
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Source: U.N. Population Division,
World Population Prospects: 1998 Revision, forthcoming.