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Retrospect: December 31, 1907: First New Year's Eve Ball Drop in Times Square

For more than 100 years, holiday revelers seeking the ultimate venue in which to ring in the new year have descended upon the intersection of 43rd St. and Broadway in New York City—more commonly known as Times Square—for what has become one of the most famous holiday celebrations in the world. The tradition dates back to 1904, the year The New York Times moved its offices to a building in the square that now bears its name. (Prior to the move, the area was known as Longacre Square.)

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