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What is the Times Square Ball? When did it start?

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Asked by nargis bhambi, 30 Dec '09 12:12 am
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Walter F. Palmer, chief electrician for The Times, created the first New Years Eve Ball in 1907 in response to the behest of publisher Adolph Ochs to create some kind of spectacular midnight show that would draw attention to the Square. The New Years Eve Ball first descended from a flagpole at One Times Square, constructed with iron and wood materials with 100 25-watt bulbs weighing 700 pounds (320 kg) and measuring 5 feet (1.5 m) in diameter. At first, it dropped 1 second after midnight.
Answered by John Mascarenhas, 30 Dec '09 12:25 am

 
  
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It started celebrations in Times Square locality at Manhattan, NY, USA ...
Answered by Praveen Kapur, 30 Dec '09 12:19 am

 
  
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Each year during the New Years Eve celebration in Times Square in Manhattan, New York City, a time ball made of crystal and electric lights is raised to the top of a pole on the One Times Square building and then lowered to mark the coming of the New Year. The Ball descends 77 feet (23 m) over the course of a minute, coming to rest at the bottom of its pole at 12:00 am. Toshiba's Times Square billboard directly below the Ball counts down to midnight as well.

Every year up to one million people gather in Times Square to watch the Ball drop, and an estimated 1 billion watch video of the event, 100 million of them in the United States

* 1904 The New York Times opens its new headquarters on Longacre Square (the city's second tallest building), and persuades the city to rename the triangular "square" for the newspaper. Owner Adolph Ochs initiates a massive celebration in the square for New Year's, which is so popular (200,000 came) it permanently displaces the celebration from Tr ...more
Answered by saranathan Narasimhan, 30 Dec '09 04:13 pm

 
  
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