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posted by janrinok on Saturday September 11, @07:03AM   Printer-friendly

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. These were "a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks [...] against the United States of America on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001."

Of the 2,977 people who died, 2,605 were U.S. citizens and 372 non-U.S. citizens (excluding the 19 perpetrators). More than 90 countries lost citizens in the attacks, including the United Kingdom (67 deaths), the Dominican Republic (47 deaths), India (41 deaths), Greece (39 deaths), South Korea (28 deaths), Canada (24 deaths), Japan (24 deaths), Colombia (18 deaths), Jamaica (16 deaths), Philippines (16 deaths), Mexico (15 deaths), Trinidad and Tobago (14 deaths), Ecuador (13 deaths), Australia (11 deaths), Germany (11 deaths), Italy (10 deaths), Bangladesh (6 deaths), Ireland (6 deaths), Pakistan (6 deaths), and Poland (6 deaths).

It was a tragedy not only for America, but for the world.

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  • (Score: 2) by bzipitidoo on Saturday September 11, @07:37PM

    by bzipitidoo (4388) Subscriber Badge on Saturday September 11, @07:37PM (#1177066) Journal

    I found out about it in a more old fashioned way, when a friend called my parent's landline and told me to turn on the TV. There, I saw live coverage of smoke coming from the north tower, and heard one of the talking heads speculate that maybe it was an accident. A few seconds reflection and I decided "No way! That was no accident!"

    Then I saw the second plane hit the south tower. At first, I thought that because they hadn't collapsed immediately, the towers would stand. That would show the terrorists! But as the fires kept burning, I became more doubtful. I was still watching when I saw the south tower kink at the impact point, the section above beginning to lean over, and I thought it was going to topple, but then the whole thing just pancaked straight down.

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