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Each year, more than a million people flock to Times Square in New York to celebrate New Year’s Eve. All over the world, a billion people tune in to watch a live broadcast of the iconic celebration that is now more than a century old.
In 1904, the New York Times opened its headquarters at Longacre Square, which was renamed Times Square as a result. That year, the newspaper’s owner, Alfred Ochs, planned an all-day street festival at Times Square for the New Year’s celebration. 20,000 people attended and witnessed the fireworks display that was set off from the base of the Tower. After this, Times Square became the place to celebrate New Year’s in New York.
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