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How the New Year's Eve ball got started

Posted at 4:42 PM, Dec 31, 2016

It's been a time honored tradition of watching the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve. But have you ever wondered how it all got started?

  • When Greenwich time was first established, England's Royal Observatory used a "time-ball" to signal the passage of time.
  • The practice was brought to New york in 1907 to celebrate the New Year.
  • The first New Year's Eve ball weighed 700 pounds and was made of iron and wood
  • Today's ball weighs over 12,000 pounds and is covered in 32,000 LED lights.