New Years Facts, History and Stats (2020) | By the Numbers

New Years Facts, History and Stats

Here are all the New Years facts, stats and history I was able to uncover including New Years history, traditions, Times Square and more...

New Years Eve is right around the corner, so I figured it was a good time to start-up the old 'By the Numbers' machine again and dig into the historical facts surrounding another international holiday. Enjoy and Happy New Year everyone!

New Years Facts, History and StatsNew Years History

  • Year the concept of New Years was first celebrated: 2000 BC in Mesopotamia
  • Year that January 1 was first recognized as the start of the new year: 1522 in Venice
  • Year that January 1 was adopted as the beginning of the new year by the Roman Catholic Church: 1582
  • Year Auld Lang Syne was written: 1788 (as a poem by Robert Burns)
  • Year the first College Football bowl game was played on New Years Day: 1902 (Michigan vs Stanford)
  • Year the first ball dropped in Times Square: 1907
  • First official Rose Bowl game: 1923
  • Year the first Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve aired on TV: 1973
  • Year Dick Clark retired and Ryan Seacrest took over: 2006 (Clark missed 2005, but had not retired yet)
  • Year the Times Square ball switched to LED: 2008
  • Year the first NHL Winter Classic game was played: 2008

New Years Facts and Stats

Day recognized as New Year:

January 1st

Major countries that celebrate the New Year on a date other than January 1:

China, India, Israel (although all three hold New Year's Eve celebrations)

Date of the Chinese New Year 2019:

Tuesday, February 5th

The 2019 Chinese New Year begins the 'Year of the Pig'

The first location to celebrate the New Year:

The Line Islands in Kirbati

Since there is a 25 hour difference in time zones, when the New Year is first celebrated, it is still 11pm local time on American Samoa

Times Square New Years Eve Facts and Stats

Number of people who attend the Times Square ball drop each year:

about 1 million

Amount of trash left in Times Square after the New Years Eve celebration:

about 50 tons

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