I remember 9/11 just as if were yesterday. I remember watching the TV screen in complete shock that something so horrific was happening to my beloved country. The weeks that followed, I spent hours watching different news broadcasts trying to understand the why’s and how’s this attack was possible. Looking back, 14 years ago, it still seems like it was yesterday. Below are some very interesting facts about that tragic day that most people didn’t know:
1. Unfortunately 9/11 was not the first terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. A bombing in February of 1993 killed six people.
2. On any given workday, up to 50,000 employees worked in the WTC twin towers, and an additional 40,000 passed through the complex.
3. One of the unsung heroes of 9/11 was a guide dog named Roselle, a yellow Labrador who led her blind owner, Michael Hingson, down 78 stories of the North Tower and to the home of a friend.
4. It took firefighters 100 days to extinguish all the fires ignited by the attacks in New York.
5. The rescue and recovery clean-up of the 1.8 million tons of wreckage from the World Trade Center site took 9 months.
6. In 2001, New York City fire evacuation procedures only required mandatory evacuations for floors immediately surrounding a fire. After the plane struck Building 1 of the WTC, Building 2 employees were initially told to stay in the building.
7. 9/11 was the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil.
8. 18 people were rescued alive from the rubble of the World Trade Center site.
9. Respiratory problems like asthma and lung inflammation developed at abnormal rates for those in and around the World Trade Center during and after the attacks.
10. While video accounts of the WTC attack aired immediately, no video footage of the Pentagon attack was publicly released until 2006.
11. The top four search topics on Google during the week of 9/11, in descending order, were for: Nostradamus, CNN, The World Trade Center, and Osama bin Laden.
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