Fireworks in Sydney, ball drop in NY ring in 2011

Confetti is seen flying over New York's Times Square from the balcony of the Marriott Marquis hotel when the clock struck midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration, Friday, Dec. 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

December 31, 2010 9:28:56 PM PST
Nearly a million revelers crowded New York's Time Square to witness the traditional dazzling ball drop, fireworks lit up Australia's Sydney Harbor and communist Vietnam held a rare Western-style countdown to the new year as the world ushered in 2011.