Author Archives: John Harrington

27 of the Biggest Trends That Defined 2019

It's not always clear why some trends catch on while others don't, but in this day, any person with a penchant for social media can start a trend and ...
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Most Admired People of the Year

Who are the most admired men and women of the year? To answer that question, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the most recent survey data from two of the most ...
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20 Biggest Crimes of the Year

As 2019 fades into history, America ruefully looks back on another year of mass murders, bias-inspired crimes, child and sex abuse cases, fraud involving the privileged class, and other ...
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Biggest Heroes of the Year

There’s an old adage that says “no news is good news.” In 2019, we had plenty of news. Many of the largest news stories certainly were not "good news" -- ...
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Best Country Songs of the Year

From the crossing over of numerous country artists onto the pop charts to the release of Ken Burns' long-awaited "Country Music" film, it felt like the genre was having a ...
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Best Pop Songs of the Year

Thousands of new songs were released this past year, reaching listeners via radio, streaming services, and even old-fashioned physical media. Fewer than 500 songs accomplished the feat of charting on ...
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Best Rock Songs of the Year

While rock and roll may no longer be dominant in popular music in America, it remains the preferred genre of millions. As legendary rocker Neil Young so succinctly put it, ...
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Most Iconic Sports Moments of the Year

2019 gave sports fans some of the most iconic and enduring moments and memories in recent sports history. The NHL, NBA, and MLB each crowned first-time champions, while the New ...
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Most Important Human Rights Milestones Since 2000

The rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and to a fair trial, as well as the right not to be held in slavery and not to be tortured ...
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Most Iconic Sports Moments of the Decade

In the past 10 years, fans have been spoiled by the sheer number of high-stakes games decided in the waning moments. These include championships in America’s professional sports leagues, NCAA ...
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50 Worst Movies of All Time

We've all been stuck at some point watching a bad movie. Generally we find ourselves bored, cringing, and sometimes chuckling at the film’s shortcomings. If the movie's real bad, we ...
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America’s Military Cities

The U.S. military is regarded as the most capable fighting force in the world. Though its purpose is to defend American interests across the globe, the impact of the U.S. ...
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Countries Taking in the Most Refugees and Where They Come From

Persistent violent conflicts around the world and continuing population growth have contributed to an ongoing and ever-worsening global refugee crisis. As of the end of 2018, there were more ...
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Scandals That Rocked the Sports World

We think of sports as a refuge from the stress of the everyday. Yet even in sports, the worst of the real world can intervene. This year marks the ...
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The Story Behind Your State’s Quarter

The United States Mint, one of the nation’s oldest agencies, began a 10-year initiative starting in 1999 to honor each U.S. state by pressing a quarter that acknowledged a state’s ...
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