When was the first Times Square Ball Drop?
December 31, 1907 marked the first Times Square ball drop in history, when a 700-pound, 5-feet-in-diameter ball made of iron and wood and covered with 100 light bulbs made its way down in time to ring in January 1st. The event was the brainchild of Adolph Ochs, owner of the New York Times, and included an all-day street festival culminating in fireworks to the delight of the more than 200,000 attendees. Today's ball is covered in 2,688 crystals, is lit by 32,256 LED lights, weighs 11,875 pounds and is 12 feet in diameter.
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