First new year ball held in Times Square
时代广场新年庆祝会首次举行
   2007-01-02 11:32:18       CRIENGLISH.com

Thought for Today:

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.
乐观主义者坚守到午夜看新年来临。悲观主义者熬夜看旧年逝去。

Today's Highlight in History:

1908: For the first time, a ball is dropped in New York City's Times Square to signify the start of the New Year. Like Red Square in Moscow, Champs-Elysées in Paris, Trafalgar Square in London, or Tiananmen Square in Beijing, Times Square has achieved the status of an iconic world landmark and has become a symbol of New York. On New Year's Eve, close to a million people congregate there to celebrate.
1908年1月1日,时代广场首次举行新年庆祝会。和莫斯科红场、巴黎香榭丽舍、伦敦特拉法加广场、北京天安门广场一样,时代广场不仅是纽约的标志,也是世界标志性地点之一。每年的新年前夕,将近一百万人在这里庆祝新年。

1999: Common currency of the European Community nations Euro was officially adopted on January 1.Replaces units of exchange such as the French franc, the Italian lire and the German deutsche mark. The euro is intended to simplify pricing, stem inflation, and strengthen the economic policies of the member countries. The glyph is "a combination of the Greek epsilon, as a sign of the weight of European civilization; an E for Europe; and the parallel lines crossing through standing for the stability of the euro".
1999年1月1日,欧洲共同体正式发行统一货币--欧元。欧元的发行替代了原来法国的法郎、意大利的里拉、德国的马克,目的是统一定价、阻止通货膨胀、加强成员国间的经济政策。欧元符号是希腊语字母第五字厄普西隆、E和两条平行线的结合,分别象征欧洲文明、欧洲和欧元稳定。



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