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.
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.
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".