In 1904, this was the first time people celebrated New Years Eve in One Times Square in New York.
The first New Year’s Eve Ball lowering celebration atop One Times Square was in 1907. It was made of iron and wood, weighed 700 pounds, and was covered with 100 light bulbs. Fireworks had been banned so the lights would shine over the city.
The New York Times owned the building where the tower is located but moved to another location in 1914. The NY Times retained this property but finally sold it in 1961 to a developer.
In 1920, a 400-pound iron Ball replaced the iron and wood Ball.
In 1942 and 1943, the ball did not drop as due to wartime restrictions, the lights stayed off. People still came to the site and stood at midnight for a minute of silence and then bells rang from a truck nearby.
In 1955, a 150-pound aluminum Ball with 180 light bulbs replaced the iron Ball.
In 1999, the crystal New Year’s Eve Ball was created to welcome the new millennium.
The 100th Anniversary in 2004, the light bulbs of the past were replaced with modern LED technology.
In 2008, the permanent Big Ball was unveiled atop One Times Square where it sparkles above Times Square throughout the year.
As the ball drops from One Times Square beginning at 11:59 p.m. on New Year's Eve, there are normally more than one million people in Times Square, not to mention the millions watching the ball drop on nationwide and even more people watching from around the world. Once the ball drops, 1 ton of confetti will be released over Times Square. This event is free and anyone can come. Over a billion people flood the streets watching this event at 11:59 p.m.
In 1972, Dick Clark produced and hosted Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, the long-running special that has been broadcast on December 31 of each year. The program consists of live segments which feature Clark, his co-hosts, and different entertainment acts in and around New York City's Times Square. The performances continue until the clock counts down to midnight, at which time New York's traditional New Year's Eve ball drops, signaling the New Year. The program is aired live in the Eastern Time Zone, and then tape-delayed for the other time zones so that viewers can bring in the New Year with Clark when midnight strikes in their area. For more than three decades, the show has become an annual cultural tradition in the United States for the New Year's Eve and New Year's Day holiday. In 2004, Clark was unable to appear in program due to a stroke, which left him partially paralyzed and caused difficulty of speech. That year, talk-show presenter Regis Philbin substituted as host. The following year, Clark returned to the show, with radio and TV personality Ryan Seacrest serving as the primary host.
Dick Clark made his last appearance on the annual event on its New Year's Eve 2012 program and also celebrated the shows 40th anniversary.
Dick Clark died on April 18, 2012 and this New Year’s Eve, Ryan Seacrest will be hosting solo. Be sure to watch on TV or be there in person.
Happy New Year 2012-2013!
For more information, go to the Official Time Square website.
*I have never been there in person. Please comment if you have been there or not. How was it besides c-o-l-d?
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