Times Square New Year's Eve Ball, a timeline

The 102-year history of the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball is filled with technology, death, and, of course, pretty shiny lights. See it all unfold in our historical timeline.

NYE ball timeline
Click on the above image for larger popout. Gizmodo--art by Jesus Diaz; copy by Mark Wilson and Jesus Diaz; extra documentation by Eric Sheline

The 102-year history of the Times Square New Year's Even Ball is one filled with technology, death and, of course, pretty shiny lights. See it all unfold in our historical timeline.

Of course, for those who don't appreciate the festivity of the ball drop, despite all of the hard work behind the scenes, feel free to ignore the ball's 32,256 glimmering Philips LEDs and turn your attention to your iPhone...because, yes, Waterford has made an app for that.

Happy New Year everyone!

This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.

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