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Lower Manhattan from a distance with twin towers in sight.

9/11 — September 11th, 2001

Nobody can forget the what happened on 9/11, 2001. No matter what age you were, you knew something was wrong, really wrong.

What happened

19 terrorists hijacked four passenger planes and flew two of them into the World Trade Center buildings in Lower Manhattan. The two towers would last no more than an hour and 42 minutes before collapsing and releasing immense clouds of dust and debris for miles in every direction.

World Trade Center 7 also collapsed due to significant fire damage.

Who was responsible

The Islamic terrorist group Al-Qaeda coordinated the terrorist attacks, which left 2,996 people dead. Thousands more were injured.

In 1988, Osama bin Laden founded Al-Qaeda. It began as a militant Islamist organization, and grew to become a full fledged network of terrorists. Besides the 9/11 terrorist attacks, they've even claimed responsibility for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings, and the Bali bombings of 2002.

Retaliation by the United States

The United States fired back by launching the War on Terror, alongside an invasion of Afghanistan in an effort to obsolete the Taliban. Although the Taliban ignored the demands to extradite Osama bin Laden, the U.S. Navy's SEAL Team Six succeeded killing him in May 2011.

“September 11… I will never forget feeling scared and vulnerable… I will never forget feeling the deep sad loss of so many lives… I will never forget the smell of the smoke that reached across the water and delivered a deep feeling of doom into my gut… I will never forget feeling the boosted sense of unity and pride… I will never forget seeing the courageous actions of so many men and women… I will never forget seeing people of all backgrounds working together in community… I will never forget seeing what hate can destroy… I will never forget seeing what love can heal…” ― Steve Maraboli