2017 Is Almost Here…Have a Ball!

Over 1 billion people worldwide will watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Here are some fascinating numbers about this famous ball.

Besides over one billion people who watch the event, over 1 million people are actually there celebrating it. And at midnight, over one ton of confetti will be dropped. Now, about that ball:

  • 1904 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration was held in Times Square, newly named to celebrate the opening of the New York Times building. At that time, no ball existed; instead, fireworks were set off to celebrate the event. 200,000 people attended.
  • 1907 – Fireworks were banned and a 700-pound illuminated ball made of wood and iron welcomed in the year 1908. The ball was lit with 100 25-watt incandescent bulbs.
  • 1920 – The wood and iron ball was replaced with a 400-pound iron ball, still with 100 25-watt bulbs.
  • 1942/43 – The ball continued to fall until 1942 and 1943 when a dim-out was called for due to World War II.
  • 1955 – The ball was changed to aluminum, weighed only 150 pounds, and had 180 light bulbs.
  • 1995 – The first year that the ball was not manned by men and ropes, but now controlled by computer. This ball was upgraded with an aluminum skin and halogen lighting and was encrusted with 10,000 rhinestones.
  • 2000 – To welcome the millennium, a new ball was designed by Phillips Lighting and Waterford Crystal and weighed 1,000 pounds.
  • 2007 – To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ball drop, the Waterford Crystal ball went from incandescent lighting to LED lights.
  • 2008 to today – The current big ball is an aluminum geodesic sphere that has 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, 32,516 LED lights, weights nearly 6 tons, and is 12 feet in diameter.

To all of our readers, we at AmeriQuest Business Services wish you and yours a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.

Patrick Moynahan

About Patrick Moynahan

Patrick Moynahan is Marketing Director for AmeriQuest Business Services and oversees marketing for AmeriQuest and its additional brands.

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