Today is September 11, 2016, which means that it’s the 15th anniversary since the 9/11 terrorist attacks of 2001. In four coordinated actions, 19 members of al-Qaeda killed 2,996 people, injured more than 6,000 others, and of course brought down both buildings of the World Trade Center. I remember that day well: I was in the lab, sorting flies and listening, as always, to the radio. Shortly after 7:46 Chicago time, I began hearing news on the radio about a strike on one of the two Towers. I turned on the television (we had an old black-and-white model in the lab back then) to see the North Tower on fire. And then, only 17 minutes later, there was another strike, this time on the South Tower. I remember the sick feeling I had at the second strike, realizing it was not some kind of accident but almost certainly an attack by terrorists. Then we heard about the crash in Pennsylvania and the attack on the Pentagon, and everything went to hell. The only other two incidents where I remember where I was at the moment I learned about them were the O.J. Simpson verdict (we were also watching in the lab), and, of course, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, which we heard as an announcement over the public address system of my junior high school. Readers are welcome to add their experiences in below.
Here’s footage of the burning North Tower and the plane crash into the South Tower, followed by a video of the collapse of both towers:
Notables born on this day include O. Henry (1862) and Virginia Madsen (1961; the attacks occurred on her 40th birthday). Those who died on this day include, besides the 2,996 killed in the 9/11 attacks (including Betty Ong, a flight attendant who made a famous cellphone call before her plane crashed into one of the tower), Muhammad Ali Jinnah (1948), Nikita Khrushchev (1971), and Peter Tosh (1987). Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Cyrus is trying to sweep up, but faces an obstacle:
Cyrus: Tell her to go away.A: Why?Cyrus: I wanted to tidy up here.
Cyrus: Powiedz jej, żeby stąd poszła.
Cyrus: Chciałem tu posprzątać.
And here is Jerry the Cat in Colorado Springs, Colorado:
Finally from Bored Panda, the Kiwi Kitten: