27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

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When a hijacked American Airlines flight struck the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:45 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, life for many Americans changed forever. 

Family, friends and first responders searched desperately for loved ones who were missing in the aftermath. As of 2017, about 40% of those who died at Ground Zero hadn’t been identified, leaving their loved ones still yearning for closure. Today, unidentified remains are stored beneath the World Trade Center memorial in Lower Manhattan, in a room not open to the public. 

The 9/11 Memorial Museum, located on the site of the former Twin Towers, offers services to families of those who died in the attacks, recovered or not, including a memorial displaying the names of their loved ones. The museum sets a white rose beside each person’s name on their birthday. 

But for many of those who survived, the impact of that day continues to echo, with first responders still experiencing devastating health conditions because of the toxic air they breathed as they struggled to rescue people from Ground Zero.

Many remember exactly where they were when the planes struck the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania that morning, and chances are you do as well. But even as the memory of the day feels vivid, some of the facts around that fateful day get lost with time.

Here are 27 things you may not remember about Sept. 11.

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1. Death toll

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

On Sept. 11, 2001, 2,977 people were killed in New York City, in Washington, D.C., and outside Shanksville, Pa., along with 19 hijackers.

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2. First responders still suffering

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

First responders who helped with rescue, recovery and cleanup are still becoming sick from being at the site of the World Trade Center attack. More than 16,000 responders have received or been deemed eligible for awards through the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

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3. September 11th Victims Compensation Fund

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart helped push for an extension for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, appearing before Congress on June 11. A bill was later approved 97-2 in the Senate that effectively maintains the fund permanently.

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4. Tallest buildings in the world

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

The World Trade Center towers were the tallest buildings in the world at 1,368 feet and 1,362 feet until the Sears Tower in Chicago surpassed them in 1974.

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5. Design contest

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

The design of the World Trade Center towers was decided via a contest. U.S. architect Minoru Yamasaki submitted a design that beat 12 others.

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6. Earlier attack

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

The attacks on Sept. 11 were not the first time the World Trade Center was targeted. On Feb. 26, 1993, a bomb exploded in the garage of the north tower, killing six people.

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7. Heroes

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Firefighters, police and emergency services personnel were able to help 25,000 people escape from the World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11.

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8. Far-reaching impacts

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

According to one study, 17 percent of Americans outside New York City had symptoms after Sept. 11 that included trouble sleeping, anxiety and nightmares.

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9. Pulled from the rubble

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Twelve people were rescued from the rubble of the World Trade Center towers after they fell. The final two were discovered by Dave Karnes, a retired Marine who was in Connecticut the day of the attack and traveled to New York to help with rescue efforts at Ground Zero.

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10. A growing toll

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

While 24 NYPD officers and 343 firefighters were killed on Sept. 11, the toll is still growing. Since then, 156 NYPD officers and 182 firefighters have died of related illnesses. 

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11. Portraits of Grief

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

The New York Times wrote a profile of every 9/11 victim and revisited the families of many of those victims a decade after the attacks.

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12. False survivor

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Tania Head became the face of Sept. 11 survivors with her amazing story of surviving despite being above the floor where the plane hit. Just one problem: Her real name is Alicia Esteve Head and she wasn’t even in the U.S. that day.

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13. Not the only faker

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Tania Head wasn’t the only person lying about being in the World Trade Center on September 11th. Comedian Steve Rannazzisi also falsely claimed he was working on the 54th floor of the south tower the day of the attack. He issued an apology after the New York Times uncovered the lie.

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14. Aid from afar

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

The Masai Tribe in Kenya donated 14 cows when they learned of the attack. They brought the cows, regarded as sacred by the tribe, to the deputy head of the U.S. embassy in Kenya during a ceremony. Some tribe members held banners that read, “To the people of America, we give these cows to help you.”

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15. Bin Laden determined to strike in U.S.

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a memo entitled “Bin Laden Determined To Strike in US.” The since declassified memo describes Bin Laden’s intent since 1997 to conduct terrorist attacks in the United States.

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16. Lost art

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration conducted surveys to discover items and facilities destroyed or damaged on Sept. 11. They found 21 libraries, files belonging to the CIA, active case files, paintings by Pablo Picasso, letters by Helen Keller and negatives of photos taken by John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer were damaged or destroyed, along with many other documents and works of art.

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17. F-16 pilots

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Two combat pilots were sent on a mission to stop United Airlines Flight 93. Because they didn’t have time to arm the fighter planes, the pilots, including Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney, understood they were on a suicide mission to ram the plane. But the passengers of Flight 93 crashed it themselves, saving hers and potentially many other lives. 

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18. United Airlines Flight 93

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

The 33 passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 93, upon realizing their flight could be part of a larger terrorist attack, decided via a vote to fight back against the hijackers on their plane. It’s believed Flight 93 could have been targeting the White House, U.S. Capitol, Camp David or nuclear power plants.

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19. False Nostradamus prophecy

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

In 1997, a Brock University student, Neil Marshall, wrote a fake Nostradmus prophecy to show how abstract language can easily craft a plausible prediction. The prophecy from his essay was later mistaken for a real prophecy and said to predict Sept. 11.

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20. Bad first day

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Sept. 11, 2001, was Ben Sliney’s first day as the Federal Aviation Administration’s operations manager. He was responsible for ordering all planes to be grounded the day of the attack.

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21. Tribute on Mars

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

NASA used aluminum recovered from the World Trade Center towers to build instruments on their Mars rovers as a tribute to the victims. Honeybee Robotics, which worked on the tools, was located less than a mile from the towers the day of the attacks.

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22. Coast Guard rescues

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

The rescues didn’t just happen at Ground Zero. About 500,000 people were saved by a Coast Guard-led fleet that included any boat available, including tugboats and yachts.

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23. Look for the helpers

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Operation Yellow Ribbon was an operation by Canadian authorities to divert U.S. flights to locations in Canada. The tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland, took in 38 flights and more than 6,700 passengers and crew stranded by the attacks.

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24. Thanking Gander

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

In 2016 New Yorkers gave the city of Gander

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 a piece of the World Trade Center’s south tower as a thank you after they “stepped up and performed their own acts of courage and heroism on 9/11 and soon thereafter for the thousands of people who descended upon them or were stranded with no advance notice whatsoever.”

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25. One plane allowed to fly

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

One plane was still allowed to fly after the order to ground all flights on Sept. 11. It carried antivenin

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to a man bitten by a snake.

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26. Change in campaign

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

Microsoft was set to unveil a new “Prepare to Fly” ad campaign but rolled back that plan after the Sept. 11 attacks.

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27. National Day of Service and Remembrance

27 facts about Sept. 11 you may not know

After the attacks, the September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance was established to encourage people to volunteer in their local communities as a tribute to the victims of 9/11.

This article was produced and syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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