January 6, 2010
In 1907, a tradition began in New York’s Times Square that has since become a signal to the world that the new year has officially begun — the dropping of the New Year’s Eve Ball from the top of One Times Square. The first ball, made of iron and wood, was adorned with 100 25-watt light bulbs, measured 5 feet in diameter and weighed 700 pounds. Since then, the ball has dropped every year but 1942 and 1943, when the ceremony was suspended because of World War II. Today the ball is a 12-foot geodesic sphere that weighs 11,875 pounds and is covered with 2,668 Waterford Crystals and 32,256 LED lights.