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The New Year’s Eve tradition of lowering a time ball from the top of One Times Square, New York, began in 1907. The ball was made from iron and wood and weighed 700 pounds, compared with today’s ball, which weighs 11,875 pounds. ABC News, 30th December 2011

Ethiopians celebrated the arrival of the second millennium on 11th September 2007. The seven to eight year gap results from alternate calculations in determining the date of the Annunciation of Jesus. The Independent, 11th September 2011

Eighty-eight per cent of all New Year’s resolutions fail, according to a 2007 survey conducted by psychologist…

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