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

11Tania Head

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.


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.

13John Perry

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.


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.”

15Frank L. Culbertson

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.

16Kenya Masai tribesmen

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.

17Operation 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.

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18Queen Elizabeth

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.

199/11 Boatlift

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.”

20Brian Clark

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.


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