Looking back: 16 iconic photos from the 9/11 attacks, 16 years later

Sixteen years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and forever altered the world as we knew it.

From the instant President George W. Bush was informed of the attacks to the raising of the American flag by firefighters among ground zero’s wreckage, photographers were there to document what had in an instant become one of the most important days in history.

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The first self-portrait in 1893 may have marked the beginning of the selfie phenomenon

Selfies may have taken over social media over the past few years, but that doesn’t mean they’re a new thing.

Technically speaking, one of the earliest known photographs of a person also qualifies as the first selfie. In 1839, photography pioneer Robert Cornelius took a photo of himself using the daguerrotype method — a slow process that allowed him to set up the camera and then run to pose.

Photographer Joseph Byron took the self-portrait to a new level with handheld cameras in 1909.

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Village grapples with church bell emblazoned with Nazi insignia

As is the case with many structures in post-war Germany, one church is realizing it still has a connection to the Nazi party.

The Jakobskirche village church in the small town of Herxheim am Berg holds a bell that created controversy after it was discovered to be emblazoned with Nazi insignia.

The church is 1,000 years old and thus was standing throughout the country’s dark period during World War II and the Holocaust. The bell was reportedly added to the church in 1934.

The bell was found to bear a swastika under the phrase “All for the Fatherland, Adolf Hitler.”

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The most successful teams in March Madness tournament history

Even those who don’t follow college basketball recognize the big names: Kentucky. Duke. North Carolina. Connecticut. They’re the well-known teams that consistently headline March Madness — and they’re generally a safe bet to pick as a champion in your brackets.

Someone has to be the best, though. In both the men’s and women’s tournament, 11 titles are enough to reign supreme as the most successful schools in the sport’s history.

Enter: the UCLA Bruins and the UConn Huskies.

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The 10 most-attended Super Bowls of all time

Over 1 million people are expected in Houston this weekend for Super Bowl LI, but not all of them will get in to see the game in person.

In order to host the Super Bowl, a stadium must be able to hold at least 70,000 people. NRG Stadium, which is hosting this Sunday’s big game, can service up to 72,220 fans (though only 71,795 of those fans get seats).

While 72,000 is no small number, Super Bowl LI won’t even come close to cracking the list of the 10 most-attended NFL championships in history.

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50 years of elation and heartbreak: Looking back at the history of the Super Bowl

For the past five decades, millions of Americans have huddled around radios and televisions for the big game, the ultimate one-game playoff, the day second only to Thanksgiving for food consumption — the Super Bowl.

The game has changed quite a bit since its inception 50 years ago. In fact, the first two NFL championships weren’t even called Super Bowl games. 1967 and 1968, the Green Bay Packers won what was then referred to as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game between the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL), over Kansas City and Oakland, respectively.

The first use of the title ‘Super Bowl’ came in 1969 with Super Bowl III, and the name was then retroactively applied to Super Bowls I and II.

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Looking back: 15 iconic images from 9/11 and its aftermath

Fifteen years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and forever altered the world as we knew it.

From the instant President George W. Bush was informed of the attacks to the raising of the American flag by firefighters among ground zero’s wreckage, photographers were there to document what had in an instant become one of the most important days in history.

Read more…

(Photo by Alexandre Fuchs/AP)