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The Live Blog: January 4, 2017

Since rolling out Facebook Live, we’ve seen people and publishers around the world seize the opportunity to share their experiences as they happen, especially during key cultural moments. Facebook Live has created new opportunities for instantaneous engagement that culminated in peak broadcasts this past week.

On New Year’s Eve, millions of people around the world used Facebook Live to broadcast their celebrations. As clocks struck midnight in each time zone, Facebook Live broke records that made this the biggest night since launch. Here are the peaks we saw from countries around the world.

And as we do each week with this series, here are 10 standout live videos from the past week:

 1. CNN went live counting down to the new year from New York City.


2. Kevin Hart went live from his vacation on New Year’s Eve to share his excitement for 2017.


3. For the College Football Playoff, several of the participating teams used Facebook Live to bring fans behind the scenes. Alabama Football went live during the Peach Bowl media day, while Washington Husky Football went live before kickoff at The Georgia Dome. Clemson Football turned to Facebook Live multiple times, including for the on-field celebration after the Tigers defeated Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.


4. WFLA News Channel 8 and other publishers live broadcast eagle eggs hatching from the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam.


5. BBC News took viewers live from the fireworks in London to ring in 2017.


6. Former Grand Slam champion Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from professional tennis in a heartfelt message to fans via Facebook Live.


7. The web team from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon went live to try to hatch the toy of the holiday season, Hatchimals.


8. The San Francisco 49ers went live as owner Jed York held a press conference to address the decision to move on from general manager Trent Baalke and head coach Chip Kelly.


9. NBC News rang in 2017 with live celebrations around the globe, including in Greece, Russia, Germany, and England.


10. Ahead of New Year’s Eve, The New York Times live illustrated the words that viewers picked in the comments to guide them through 2017.