September 11 Attacks
Reflections on World Trade Center Attacks During 9/11

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In this compilation video, Witnify interviewed witnesses and other victims of the September 11 attacks in New York City. In 2001, Al-Qaeda-affiliated hijackers flew two planes into each of the two towers of the World Trade Center complex–an act of terrorism that killed 2,753 people. Check out our featured page … Continue reading

1972 Summer Olympics
Jim McKay on Covering News of the Munich Massacre

Jim McKay on Covering News of the Munich Massacre

Sportscaster Jim McKay recalls being off-duty from covering the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when he was quickly ushered back on air to report live on the Munich massacre. He shares stories on what reporting on the crisis was like for him and his crew. To this day, … Continue reading

Canal Hotel Bombing
Samantha Power on Sérgio Vieira de Mello’s Death

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Author and diplomat Samantha Power discusses the legacy of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, a Brazilian United Nations (UN) diplomat, who was killed in the Canal Hotel Bombing on August 19, 2003 while serving as the UN’s Special Representative in Iraq. Specifically, Power addresses what lessons one can learn from de … Continue reading

Charles Brooks Jr.
[Blog] Accounts of the First U.S. Prisoner to Receive Lethal Injection


Author: Megan O’Toole There are some crimes that are deemed too horrible to be punished by a lifetime of imprisonment alone. The United States has wrestled over whether or not a death penalty should be implemented in exceptional circumstances that require another level of retribution.

Death of Meredith Hunter
Rolling Stones at Altamont Speedway


“It was so horrible,” said Mick Jagger on watching the footage. See footage of the Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont, where Meredith Hunter was stabbed to death by a member of Hell’s Angels, who were working security at the show. Hunter, dressed in green at the beginning of the video, … Continue reading

1968 Washington D.C. Riots
D.C. Was a ‘War Zone’ During the 1968 Riots


Wendell Jackson, a Washington, D.C. native and current resident, describes what it was like to be involved in the 1968 D.C. riots that occurred after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson describes participating in the looting of a liquor store across the street from him and recalls what … Continue reading

Oklahoma City Bombing
Child Survivors Discuss the Tragedy 15 Years Later

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Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995, four child survivors share their stories. To this day, the bomb attack they lived through, which killed 168 people and injured 680 more, is considered the deadliest act of domestic terror in the history of the United States. Despite … Continue reading

O. J. Simpson Murder Case
Larry King on the O.J. Simpson Trial


In this interview with Larry King talking about the O.J. Simpson Trial, King calls Simpson “the most famous human to ever be charged with murder.” He talks about the period during the trial in 1994 and 1995 and how all of America was following the murder case. King, himself, claims … Continue reading