Why Do We Count Down To The New Year?

Until the 1960s and 1970s, countdowns were almost unheard of. Countdowns did not acquire favour until 45 million Americans watched the successful launch of America’s first manned space trip in 1961. By the 1970s, the countdown expanded beyond space exploration to radio and television. Only in 1979 did the crowd in Times Square first count down the final seconds of the year in unison; by the late 1980s, countdown clocks had been installed in Times Square, firmly establishing the countdown as an intrinsic component of our annual celebrations. Read full article here

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