Remember seeing the 9/11 attacks as if it just happened yesterday? Remember the shocking news spreading like a fire in the wild to the whole world? The crying of the people on losing their loved ones, that speech of the President of United States, the struggle of common people and firefighters to stop that everlasting fire! How can anyone ever forget that site on their TV screens seeing one of the strongest countries of this world witnessing the biggest ever terrorist attack? Here are some facts about 9/11 worth knowing:
1. The original plan
The Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda had initially conspired about attacking the Nuclear power plants on 9/11, but they then decided to ditch the plan for they thought that things might get out of control. Nevertheless, they decided to target 4 locations by hijacking four airlines. Two planes flew into the twin towers of the WTC in New York City, the third plane hit the Pentagon outside Washington D.C., and the fourth one crashed in a field in Pennsylvania.
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2. Did President Bush aware of the attacks!
A month before the sad tragedy, the then President, Mr. George W. Bush was handed a report, which stated that Bin Laden would be targeting the New York City and hijacking planes. The report was titled as “Bin Laden determined to strike in the US”. Creepy enough, isn’t it?
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3. Almost 20 thousand body parts were recovered!
Only 18 people were rescued alive from the shocking 1.4 million tons of World Trade Center debris after this heinous incident. The rescue teams, which also included rescue dogs, recovered 19,435 body parts. Interestingly, the world trade center’s most famous survivor and its president, Tania Head, was later found to be a fraud, as she was not even present in the building at the time of attacks.
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4. No plane hit that Tower!
To this day, many people believe that only the two “twin towers” of World Trade Center that were hit by the hijacked planes fell and crashed, but, a third tower, a 47-story building, called the Tower 7 also collapsed into its own footprint at the speed of a free fall. Remember, Tower 7 wasn’t even hit by any plane, and still, it collapsed like the twin towers within a few minutes.
5. The Secret Office is no more a secret!
One of the biggest organizations of USA, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had a secret office on the 25th floor of Tower 7.
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6. Media reports mischief!
Almost an entirely shocking thing to hear, all the major news channels, BBC, CNN, FOX, and MSNBC reported the collapse of Tower 7 even before it actually collapsed. The reporter of BBC was reporting the collapsing of the third tower while showing the live footage of the scene, but the tower was seen standing intact in the camera.
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7. The curious case of hijackers!
The alleged 19 hijackers of the attack, including Mohammad Atta being the leader, were never even identified in the investigations that followed the events of 9/11. According to some reports of mainstream media, at least 7 FBI named perpetrators are still alive and free.
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8. Suspects could have been identified
In fact, the actor James Woods had reported 4 suspicious individuals in his flight on August 2011, but the authorities never acted on his claim and those suspected later turned out to be the 9/11 hijackers.
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9. Michael Jackson and the twin towers
The king of pop, Michael Jackson coincidentally had a meeting scheduled at the twin towers of the World Trade Center on the day of 9/11 attacks, but he overslept and missed the meeting, thus retaining the gift of life.
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10. A Cultural loss!
The attacks of 9/11 also incurred a loss of US $100 million in art to the US Government, which also included the work of Pablo Picasso.
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11. Live footage
Although the video footage and accounts of the WTC attack aired immediately after the first plane hit the North Tower, no video footage of the Pentagon attack and Pennsylvania crash was publicly released until 2006.
12. It took 100 days to extinguish the fire!
It took the firefighters a total of 100 days to completely extinguish the fire ignited by the attacks. Due to the collapsing of the Twin Towers, tons of toxic debris containing contaminants and carcinogens was spread in the air, resulting in devitalizing illness and high death toll. An estimated 18,000 people developed diseases due to inhalation of toxic dust from fire and debris.
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13. The unsung hero
Amid the smoke and noise all around, a guide dog patiently saved her owner and 30 more people by helping them step out of the world trade center. The dog also rescued a lady who became blind because of debris.
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14. When the American Airlines was sued!
The American Airlines was taken to court by an investment bank which lost its 75% of the employees in the 9/11 attack for their negligence in allowing the terrorists to board. Moreover, the investment bank won the case with $135 million as the settlement amount.
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15. The disappointed dogs
After the attacks, the rescue dogs found very few people alive and got very disappointed and stressed. In order to keep their spirits high the dog trainers used to plan mock “lives” so that they felt satisfied.
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16. The Iconic Flag Raising!
Just after the attacks on the Twin Towers, firefighters Dan McWilliams, George Johnson and Billy Eisengrein raised a flag at ground zero in New York. The event was immortalized by Thomas E. Franklin. Now, it has become one of the most iconic photographs in the American History.
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17. The Economy of 9/11
There is complex Economy involved in the 9/11 attacks. The economic impact of the attacks can be understood by the following figures:
$500,000- cost to plan and execute the 9/11 attacks
$123 billion- economic loss during the first 4 weeks due to declining airline travel
$60 billion- cost of the WTC site damage
$40 billion- Value of the “Emergency Anti-Terrorism Package” approved by the US Congress
$15 billion- Bailout package to the airlines by the US Congress
$9.3 billion- Insurance claims
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18. The curious case of birth rate!
After 9 months of the 9/11 attacks, the number of births rose by 20% in the New York City. According to reports, 3,051 children lost a parent in the 9/11 attacks.
19. The connection between 9/11 and Drug Abuse!
After the 9/11 attacks, it was found in a survey that people had developed symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and started taking drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana, as a result their respective consumptions rose by a significant percentage.
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20. The Timeline of 9/11
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