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HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE FROM JFK+50

December 31, 2011


HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE FROM JFK+50


Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) We would like to wish all our visitors to JFK+50 a Happy New Year’s Eve 2011.  At the same time, some visitors are already celebrating NEW YEAR’S DAY 2012.



                         Times Square 
                        New York City
                      January 1, 2011
                 Photo by 1dragon22


Tonight we will watch on television the traditional “ball dropping” from Times Square in New York City.


The Times Square ball dropping event was 1st held in 1907.


A 11,875 pound Waterford crystal ball located high above the square is lowered beginning at 11:59:00 pm.



                   Times Square Ball
      Photo by Clare Cridland (2007)


The ball reaches the bottom of its tower at Midnight & the NEW YEAR lights up!


The custom of ball dropping comes from the time signal that used to be given at noon in city harbors.



      New Year’s Fireworks Celebration
                     Sydney Harbour
           Sydney, New South Wales
                         Australia 
       Photo by Rob Chandler (2007)


December 31, 1962


KENNEDYS CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S EVE IN FLORIDA


West Palm Beach, Florida (JFK+50) President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy celebrated New Year’s Eve tonight by attending a party at the estate of Charles Wrightsman here in West Palm Beach.


Guests at the party included Prince & Princess Radziwill, Pat & Peter Lawford, Ambassador & Lady Ormsby Gore, Leland Hayward, George Plimpton, Eunice & Sargent Shriver & Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.


December 31, 1759


GUINNESS SIGNS LEASE ON DUBLIN BREWERY


Dublin, Ireland (JFK+50) Arthur Guinness signed a 9000 year lease today on the St. James Gate Brewery here in Dublin.


Guinness leased the 4 acre site from Sir Mark Rainsford for 45 pounds per annum.*



                        9000 Year Lease
         Photo by Greenstreetm (2011)


*Arthur Guinness was an Irish protestant who was opposed to any movement toward Irish independence.


Guinness, married to Olivia Whitmore & who fathered 21 children, started selling dark beer porter in 1778.



                      Arthur Guinness


Throughout most of its history, the company produced 3 varieties of its beer:


porter or single stout, double or extra & foreign stout for export.


Company headquarters have been located in London since 1932.


Guinness, brewed in 50 countries & sold in 100, is one of the most successful beer brands in the world.



                 Guinness Original Beer
         Photo by Ojw on en.wikipedia





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