Top 5 Snapshot History Posts

On November 15, I started a new project called Snapshot History. I created this page to share the story of us on a daily basis. However, not all the posts get the same kind of engagement. Actually, some really surprise me! Seemingly out of nowhere a post can take off. Let’s take a look at the pages top performing posts since it has been created:

5. Ronald Reagan is inaugurate/Iranian hostages released (January 20)

reagan hostage history

“37 years ago today, Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President of the United States. As he is inaugurated, 52 American hostages were released by Iran that were held for 444 days.”

4. Arthur Guinness dies (January 23)

arthur guinness history

“215 years ago today, Arthur Guinness dies in Dublin, Ireland. Arthur Guinness was the founder of the Guinness Brewery. His red signature can still be found on Guinness products today.”

3. ACLU is founded (January 20)

ACLU history

98 years ago today, the American Civil Liberties Union is founded from the National Civil Liberties Bureau. They now have a membership of 1.2 million members. (Picture is of Helen Keller, a founding member of the ACLU)”

2. Rasputin is born (January 21)

rasputin history

“149 years ago today, Grigori Rasputin is born in Siberia. Rasputin was a Russian mystic that was known for having a precarious sexual life and control over the Russian royal family.”

1. Johnny Cash performs at Folsom State Prison (January 13)

johnny cash history

“50 years ago today, Johnny Cash performs at Folsom State Prison. The performance was recorded and became the top selling country album, as well as in the general top 15 albums nationwide.”

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Top 10 Pinball Games

There is nothing more rewarding than a great pinball game. The lights, the noises, and all the moving pieces are perfect for making it feel like you are actually accomplishing something important. However, not all pinball machines are created equally. Actually, some just piss you off! We all know that feeling when a pinball machine has a ramp perfectly angled to always go down the middle of the alley. It doesn’t feel good.

I have been playing pinball for a longtime, and my father and I have been going to the Rocky Mountain Pinball Showdown every year since I was seven years old. So basically I am pro. Well, not quite. Compared to some of the players there, I am terrible, but I can always beat out my friends in a good game.

So here is my list of top 10 pinball games:

10. Star Wars Episode 1 Pinball

starwars episode 1

9. World Cup Soccer


8. Metallica



7. Joust


  • Manufacturer: Williams Electronics
  • Difficulty: Easy (though depends on who you are playing against)
  • See some game play here!

6. Revenge from Mars


5. Pirates of the Caribbean


4. The Simpsons Pinball Party


3. Funhouse


2. The Hobbit


1. Attack from Mars


Why I Created Snapshot History

My entire life I have had a passion for stories. Stories are incredibly powerful. They shape how we view the world, how we live our lives, and who we want to be. Stories can come in many in many formats- books, comics, video games, and movies. However, there is one particular story that really stands out- the story of humanity or the story of us.
This story stands out because it is true, yet unbelievable. The things humans have done are awe inspiring. We have done horrifying things that have destroyed the lives of many others. We have done things that are inspiring and heart lifting that makes you feel proud. And, most importantly, we have done things that are interesting, weird, and noteworthy.
This page was created to help tell that story, though only in small pieces. We are all busy contributing to the story every single day, which is why Snapshot History is meant to connect you to the chapters that have preceded us while keeping it simple and quick. I hope you enjoy the content that is published on this page, and I hope it gives you a glimpse at the amazing human story!