By Cyd Lass
Staff Intern 

From bombs to ball drops

The history of the iconic New Year’s Eve celebration


December 30, 2017

The iconic ball drop in Times Square turns 110 years old Sunday.

According to, the earliest celebrations for the New Year mark back to 1904 when New Yorkers brought in the new year with a literal bang as they allowed one fiery blast above One Time Square, newly owned by New York Times, causing falling ashes. These celebrations prompted the police department to then ban explosives.

The iconic ball drop didn’t take place until 1907, when Adolph S. Ochs, owner of the Times, was on a desperate search for new entertainment for his New Year’s Eve party. Now finding his tradition...

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