New Year’s Family History Numbers

By Diane Haddad

Happy New Year! Here are some facts and figures related to celebrations past and present:

255: years Americans have officially observed the start of the new year Jan. 1
200,000: attendees at the first Times Square New Year’s Eve party in 1904
1 million: Times Square revelers today
110: years New York City has dropped the famous ball in Times Square
5: verses in Auld Lang Syne, literally “old long since”
108: gongs struck in Buddhist temples Dec. 31 at midnight
12: grapes Spaniards traditionally eat to ring in the new year
49: points for Michigan (to Stanford’s 0) in the first Rose Bowl game, in 1902
35 million: Viewers of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2016
25: estimated percent of New Year’s resolutions that don’t last past Jan.
8: estimated percent of people that keep their resolution all year