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How the World Forgot September 11

Updated on July 10, 2014

Do You Know What Happened on September 11?

September 11, 2001: Terrorists cause the death of                                      2,937 innocent people.

September 11, 2000: I can't remember. Can you?

Those terrorists took more than our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters. More than our brave firemen and policemen. They took our history. They took away every September 11 that came before 2001. The births, the deaths, celebrations, and holidays. Events, important or not, now forgotten.

Well, I'd like to take a little time now to bring back our history by remembering all those forgotten September 11 events.

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Did You Know?

On September 11, 1916 the Star Spangled Banner was sung at the beginning of a baseball game for the first time in Cooperstown, NY.

In the World of Sports

Can you believe how the sports world has been affected by all these September 11th events?

  • 1999 Serena Williams wins her first Grand Slam Tournament
  • 1985 Pete Ross breaks a record held for 60 years by getting his 4,192 career base hit
  • 1974 The Cardinals beat the Mets 4-3 in the longest baseball game in history. 25 innings. 7 hours 4 minutes. It didn't end until 3:10 in the morning.
  • 1951 Florence Chadwick becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel, from England to France.
  • 1918 The Boston Red Sox won their last World Series until 2004

People Born on September 11

Famous or Not

This one is especially important to me. My sister-in-law was born on September 11 and when she tells this to people, they gasp and say "That's horrible!". But it's not horrible. It's her birthday and a birthday is always a great day.

  • 1989 My sister-in-law Annette was born
  • 1977 Rap artist, Ludacris was born
  • 1970 Tattoo artist, Chris Garver was born
  • 1967 Harry Connick Jr. was born
  • 1965 Techno music artist, Moby was born
  • 1927 - Willie Christine King (Martin Luther King Jr's sister) was born

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Music News

Each of these important music events happened on September 11.

  • 1969 'A Boy Named Sue' by Johnny Cash topped the charts
  • 1966 The Rolling Stones performed on the Ed Sullivan show
  • 1962 Ringo joined the Beatles
  • 1961 Bob Dylan performs in NY for the first time
  • 1847 'Oh! Susannah' made its debut in a Pittsburgh saloon

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Did You Know?

On September 11, 2007 China signed an agreement to prohibit the use of lead paint on toys exported to the United States.

In the Government

This shows the importance of September 11th, before 2001.

  • 2002 The Pentagon was rededicated.
  • 1997 NASA's 'Mars Global Surveyor' reaches Mars.
  • 1959 Congress passed the food stamp bill
  • 1956 President Eisenhower founded 'People to People International'.
  • 1941 The first ground was broke for the construction of the Pentagon.
  • 1789 Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first United States Secretary of Treasury.

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Did You Know?

on August 26, 1987, President Reagan proclaimed September 11 to be 911 Emergency Number Day.

In the Media

These may not be the most important September 11th events, but each one is still special.

  • 2007 MySpace opened its 200 millionth account
  • 1987 Dan Rathers walked off the set of the CBS news leaving 6 minutes of dead air. Why? He was angry when a major event was interrupted and postponed by a sports program.
  • 1964 This was the last night 'Friday Night Fights' was aired for free.
  • 1954 Ms.America pageant was broadcast on tv for the first time
  • 1950 'Beetle Bailey' comic strip made it's debut

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Did you know?

On September 11, 1970 the Ford Pinto made its' debut

Can you remember what you were doing - On the most famous Sept.11?

I was sitting at home with three of my kids. I walked into the living room and saw the tv. I didn't understand what I was seeing. When I realized what had happened I dropped to my knees and started crying.

Before this happened, I would hear people talk about the day Kennedy was shot. How they could remember exactly what they were doing, like it was yesterday. I never believed them. Now I do, of course.

Do you remember what you were doing September 11, 2001?

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In Remembrance

9-11 - Tribute to victims

Memorial for the heroes and victims of 9-11-2001. Songs, poems, pictures, victim lists, articles about war, children, and news. Nominate an everyday life hero, add your memorial thoughts.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for making a lens that remembers the tragedy of September 11, 2001 while reminding us that that date has many other significant events in other years. Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      This is a great lens to demonstrate how this one event changed so many lives, before and after. Thank you for doing it and reminding us all how human we are and how much we care when devastation hits, even if we are not directly affected. Hugs

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      7 years ago

      Watched a documentary last night where a few of the folks that had camcorders that day told their stories. One filmed the first person to jump. A blue-sky day turned to horror and devastation in seconds. It was hard not to cry listening to them tell their stories, so I just let it flow.

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      7 years ago

      I really like this lens. I never looked at it from your point of view, but that memory of September 11, 2001 is embedded in us forever. I can tell you exactly what I was doing at 8:46a.m. on that day like it just happened. Anything that happened on sept. 11 the years before, I haven't got a clue. I see your prospective and great job!

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a unique memory of all the 9-11's that went before, the ones we usually forget about, like the birth of my son, and of course his 21st birthday was on 9-11 2001, and never celebrated. I featured this in the 9-11 section on my United States Of America lens, and also left a blessing behind.

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      7 years ago

      I really like this unique perspective on September 11th. You make a great point. I have always felt sorry for people whose birthday falls on this day. Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      Great info. Good perspective about the DAY.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      A day we will never forget. Thanks for writing this lens.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 

      7 years ago from Templeton, CA

      We didn't have a TV, so we heard it on the radio, then went to my Mom's to watch her TV for the rest of the day.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My son woke me early in the morning, screaming for me to turn on the TV, that we were being attacked! I stumbled to the living room, turned on the TV and the whole horrible sight was right there, people running for their lives, others jumping from buildings, and those two tall, straight towers crumbling to the ground. I was stunned and shocked, and sat in front of my TV all day. The tears streamed down my cheeks, and I shook so hard I couldn't hold a glass of water. It was a terrible experience, one I hope and pray will never be repeated. In your lens, you have given us other momentous events that occurred on September 11, and that's a good thing. But America will never forget the atrocity visited on our people on September 11, 2001. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Brilliant lens. I was glad I didn't have TV at the time, so my children never had to see the images. Blessed by an angel.

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      Spook LM 

      8 years ago

      I was milking in the parlour and my co-worker got a phone call from his wife and he told me. I couldn't believe it until I got home and saw the frightening images on TV. Blessed by an Angel.

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      8 years ago

      I was at work when somebody told us the trade centers were hit and then the Pentagon.

      My initial reaction was that this would be impossible. I still find it hard to believe.

      I feel sadness for every family that has lost someone during this time.

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      Brookelorren LM 

      8 years ago

      This was a very creative idea. As far as the most famous September 11, I was a military officer working in the field of anti-terrorism. It was in the afternoon for me because I lived in Italy. Very slow day... I was contemplating shutting down my computer and taking the early bus home; my boss was over in America getting married. Of course, then someone ran through the hallway saying a plane hit the World Trade Center. I didn't see the sun for months after that because I would come home before sunrise and go home after sunset!

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      8 years ago

      It doesn't seem that it was really that long ago - seems like only a year or 2 ... not 9 ! (maybe I'm getting old) - it really was a crazy day for the USA - I was in a nursing home working, and even those that didn't react to much reacted to the info they learned that day ... (Also a group were watching it live on a huge TV, was weird to see it happen live on a big screen ...)

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      Draconius LM 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for reminding us that there was good on 9-11 before and after 2001. We will never forget 9-11-2001, Love overcomes all . Blessed by a Angel

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      8 years ago

      A great lens providing excellent coverage on such a tragic

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      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens. It's great that you remind people that other important things happened on that date even though 2001 will no doubt stand out in people's memory.

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      8 years ago

      Let us not ever forget.

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      Carol Goss 

      8 years ago

      This is a great tribute. 911 is the only date i remember of terrorist attacking although i know there are many more dates. Thanks for sharing and celebrating the good things that happened on that date.

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      8 years ago

      My kids were at school and I was cleaning my kitchen. My brother called me on the phone screaming at me to turn on the tv. I stood there with the phone in my hand in front of the tv

      with my brother and I well just screaming and crying. It was horrible and I will never forget it. Thanks for the reminder though, of good things about that date.


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      nine sec93lx 

      8 years ago

      My wife and I were driving up I95 on our way to Savannah Ga. for vacation. We had been listening to the CD player in the car, so we didn't know what had happened. I stopped at a rest area to use the bathroom. There's all these people staring at the TV hanging from the wall and crying. Just as I was about to ask "what happened" I saw the second jet fly into the World Trade Center. My wife and I had stood on the observation deck, on the roof of the WTC the year before. While visiting her aunt who lives in Manhattan. May they all rest in peace. God Bless.

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      Lisa Auch 

      8 years ago from Scotland

      I was working with children with behavioural difficulties, and had difficulty concentrating on most things, for days this held their attention, and when some left were asked what their memories of the school were, and most named Sept 11.

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      8 years ago

      Well done lens and a nice change in perspective that's a good reminder. I remember 9-11 also remember Kennedy... It's good to think of good things, even while we will never forget the bad. Thanks for the reminder.

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      Rhonda Albom 

      8 years ago from New Zealand

      Nicely done, on a difficult topic.

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      hayleylou lm 

      8 years ago

      That was a day no-one will ever forget. Good job :)

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      8 years ago

      @myneverboredhands: Wow. You are so lucky. I'd give your boss a big hug if I were you.

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      8 years ago

      With help of your lens you reminded me what I have escaped on this horrible day... I should be in that time just 1 block away from the Twins Towers...But, thanks God, my boss called me about changes in our plans the night before and send me in another part of the city to do another job...

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 

      10 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for remembering and participating in the My Good Deed Charity Challenge.


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