9/11 Attacks: 20 Facts, Its Impact & Timeline of the Event That Change USA

19/11 Memorial

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.


2Cantor 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.


3Snake antivenom

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.


4Jan Demczur

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.


5Saddam Hussein

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.”


6North Tower

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.


7Ahmad 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.


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8World Trade Center

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.


9Heather Penney and Marc Sasseville

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.


10Search and rescue dogs

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.

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