25 Unknown Facts about 9/11

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1 Traveling


9/11 caused an extra 1600 people to die in automobile accidents because they switched their travel plans from flying to driving.

2. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community collected 11,170 pints of blood (enough to help save 30,000 lives) in honor of the 9/11 victims.

3. Roselle, a guide dog calmly led her owner and 30 other people down 1,463 steps out of the World Trade Center on 9/11 despite the confusion, smoke, and noise around them. After descending over half the distance, they passed the firemen who were heading up, who the dog stopped to greet. Once safe, the dog then helped a woman who was blinded by the debris.

4. Ben Sliney, the chief of air-traffic-control operations at the FAA’s command center in Herndon, Virginia, gave the unprecedented order to ground 4,000-plus planes across the nation and redirect any in the sky to the nearest airport. It was his first day on the job.

5. The names on the 9/11 Memorial are arranged by relationship, instead of alphabetically, in order to preserve the bonds of family and friendship and to show the connections between people who changed each other’s lives that day.

6 Cantor Fitzgerald

Cantor Fitzgerald

Cantor Fitzgerald, an investment bank which lost 75% of its employees in 9/11 sued American Airlines for negligence in allowing terrorists on board and won $135 million.

7. The only plane allowed to fly on 9/11 after the attacks was a plane from San Diego to Miami delivering anti-venom to a man bitten by a highly poisonous snake. It was accompanied by two jet fighters.

8. Jan Demczur, a window washer working in the World Trade Center on 9/11, became trapped in an elevator in between floors after the first plane hit. Using his squeegee to pry open the doors, he then broke through the drywall and led the passengers out of the building moments before it collapsed.

9. Leaders that vehemently denounced the attacks included the Presidents of Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Libya, Syria, Iran, and Pakistan. The sole exception was Saddam Hussein, who said that “the American cowboys are reaping the fruit of their crimes against humanity.”

10. On 9/11, after the first plane hit the North Tower, people in the South Tower wanted to leave but were advised by an announcement to stay at their desks. Some of those who tried to leave anyway were turned back by security in the building before the exits. About 1,120 of them died.

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11 Ahmad Shah Massoud

Ahmad Shah Massoud

Afghan resistance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud, who fought against the Soviets in the 1980s, was also against a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam. He was assassinated two days before 9/11, after warning of a major terrorist attack set to happen in the United States.

12. The company that owned the World Trade Center had scheduled a meeting for 9/11 on the 88th floor of tower 1 to discuss what to do in the event of a terrorist attack but rescheduled the night before because one participant could not attend.

13. On 9/11, two jet fighters (Heather Penney and Marc Sasseville) took to the air without live ammunition, knowing that to prevent the hijackers from striking their intended targets, the pilots might have to intercept and crash their fighters into the hijacked planes, ejecting at the last moment.

14. During the aftermath of 9/11, search and rescue dogs found so few living people, that it caused them great stress because they believed they had failed. Handlers and rescue workers had to regularly hide in the rubble in order to give the rescue dogs a successful find and keep their spirits up.

15. Tania Head, a well-known 9/11 survivor, faked being in the South Tower during the attacks and served as President of The WTC Survivors Network before people found out she was lying. She was not even in the United States during the attacks.

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16 Whales


Scientists were monitoring whale stress levels by analyzing their poop and found that their stress plummeted immediately following the 9/11 attacks. It turns out this was due to all the ship traffic being halted which quieted the oceans of low-frequency noise which whales use to communicate.

17. On September 11th, 2001, Officer John Perry was at police headquarters filing his retirement papers when he was notified about the first airplane striking the first tower. He rushed to the scene to assist with rescue operations and was killed when one of the towers collapsed. He was the only off-duty officer killed on 9/11.

18. Al-Qaeda initially planned to target nuclear installations rather than the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, but decided against it, fearing things could “get out of control.”

19. Astronaut Frank L. Culbertson was the only American not on the Earth during 9/11 recorded the event from the ISS. He later learned that the pilot (Charles Burlingame) of the plane that struck The Pentagon was a classmate of his from the US Naval Academy.

20. After 9/11, the Masai tribesmen of Kenya donated 14 cows to the US to help with the aftermath of 9/11. To the Masai, the cow equals life.

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21 Operation Yellow Ribbon

Operation Yellow Ribbon

Operation Yellow Ribbon was commenced by Canada to handle the diversion of civilian airline flights in response to the September 11 attacks in 2001. Canada took in 255 diverted flights from the US on 9/11 and then the Canadians fed the diverted passengers.

22. After 9/11, Queen Elizabeth authorized the Coldstream Guards to break protocol and play the US national anthem during the Changing of the Guard, giving some comfort to Americans stranded in London due to airport closures.

23. On 9/11, when all transport out of the city was shut down, boat owners managed to transport over 500,000 people from Manhattan Island in an amazing act known as the “9/11 Boatlift.”

24. On 9/11, four people (Brian Clark one of the survivor) in the South Tower of the World Trade Center managed to escape from a floor above the plane’s impact.

25. Daniel “Danny” Suhr, the first firefighter to die on 9/11 was killed by a jumper.

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  1. I will never forget 9/11, horribly devastating to see people being killed by jumping out of the towers. They didn’t want to be burned alive. My heart goes out to all who lost someone that day. To all who died RIP.



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