Diego Maradona
[Blog] The 14 Most Memorable World Cup Moments

June 12, 2014

Author: Sarah Dejak

You never know what to expect from the tournament that comes every four years and breeds passion and patriotism throughout the world. Take a look at some of the most outrageous events this sport has ever seen:

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Franklin D. Roosevelt
[Blog] 9 Facts About FDR’s Fireside Chats

March 12, 2014

Author: Ben Nussbaum

President Roosevelt delivered his first fireside chat on March 12, 1933. It addressed the banking crisis that Roosevelt encountered on first taking office. Due to the Depression, banks were running out of funds. Panicked account holders were withdrawing their money – making the banks’ problems worse.

In that first address to the nation, Roosevelt calmly explained the crisis and the steps he was taking to address it. Here are nine facts about the fireside chats:

1. By speaking directly to the American people through radio, Roosevelt took advantage of a new technology. Radios in homes had only become commonplace in the 1920s; by the 1930s over 90 percent of homes had a radio.
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Brandi Chastain
[Blog] 9 Ways the 99ers Impacted Women’s Sports

March 2, 2014

Author: Sarah Dejak

“Someone once asked me, were you pioneers, or was 99 an anomaly?”
-Julie Foudy, Captain of 1999 Women’s National Team

After 90 minutes of regulation play and 30 minutes of overtime play, the 1999 U.S. Women’s soccer team defeated China in a penalty kick shootout for the World Cup championship title, officially giving them the name the “99ers.” The U.S. women’s team earned an opportunity for women’s soccer to launch into the limelight. Their journey from the start of the World Cup tournament began in the Giant’s stadium in June and ended in Southern California’s Rose Bowl stadium with the iconic image of Brandi Chastain celebrating after her final penalty kick secured the U.S. a World Cup victory.
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Twitter
[Blog] List of the Best Twitter Accounts on History

February 18, 2014

Author: Morgan Birck

Do you love dazzling people with your knowledge of little-known facts about history? At @Witnify, we love history and the community of history-lovers on Twitter. We scoped out some of our favorite Twitter accounts to share with you so check them out and fall in love with them too: 
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Pope Francis
[Blog] 9 Reasons Why People Love Pope Francis

February 6, 2014

Author: Morgan Birck

Elected on March 13, 2013 to the papacy, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina took the name Francis and also took the Catholic community by storm. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Pope was a chemical technician and a nightclub bouncer before he decided to enter the seminary. He is the first pope from the Americas, and has been loved by his native Argentineans for his modesty, commitment to the poor, and ability to connect with everyone around him. Here are the top nine reasons that people are falling in love with Pope Francis:

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Bloody Sunday
[Blog] 9 Facts about Bloody Sunday

January 28, 2014

Author: Ben Nussbaum

1. Bloody Sunday is the name given to a massacre that took place January 30, 1972 in Derry, Northern Ireland. British Army soldiers fired on a crowd, killing 14 men, none of whom were armed.Bloody-Sunday-commemorative

2. Bloody Sunday was part of the Troubles, a decades-long campaign of violence surrounding the identity of Northern Ireland. Unionists, who were mostly Protestant, wanted Northern Ireland to remain a part of the United Kingdom. Republicans, who were mostly Catholic, wanted Northern Ireland to be part of a united Ireland.
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Witnify
[Blog] Film a Witnify Video in 7 Steps

Want to add your Story to Witnify? Keep reading to learn how to film your own Witnify video in 7 easy steps!

1. First, figure out how you will record your story! It’s really hard to beat the convenience and ease-of-use that a webcam provides, but a higher quality alternative would be a digital video camera with a USB output. Make sure you have all the necessary equipment, like batteries and a tripod, if you choose to record with an external camera.
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NASA
[Blog] Remembering the Challenger Disaster

January 27, 2014

Author: Ben Nussbaum

It was a cold morning at Cape Canaveral on January 28, 1986. Crews had worked the night before clearing ice from the launch tower that held the Challenger Space Shuttle.Challenger_flight_51-l_crew

Inside the Shuttle, five men and two women waited to lift off. They would spend six days in space. The vast apparatus of Cape Canaveral, the ornate prelaunch routine, and the many hundreds of millions of dollars that had been spent to put the crew inside the Shuttle and ready it for launch disguised the fact that for most of the nation the launch was no big deal.
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Denver Broncos
[Blog] 9 Facts on the Peyton Manning & Tom Brady Rivalry

January 16, 2014

Author: Sarah Dejak

The friendly rivalry between Peyton Mannning and Tom Brady continues with their showdown in the American Football Conference (AFC) championship game on January 19, 2014. Here is a primer:
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Pixar
[Blog] 5 Original Reviews of ‘Toy Story’

January 9, 2014

Author: Morgan Birck

According to the-numbers.com, in 2013, computer-animated movies earned over $1.6 billion at the box office. Ten digitally animated films topped the $50 million mark.

Traditional animation, meanwhile, is floundering. In 2012, Disney announced that it had no hand-drawn animated movies under production, and in 2013 Disney laid-off many of its best-known traditional animators. Twenty years ago, there were no computer-animated movies. Now there are no hand-drawn feature films, at least in the United States.
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