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Twin Towers: 5 Fast Facts About The Buildings That Came Down On Sept. 11 2001 [VIDEO]

The Twin Towers

On September 11, 2001 the world watched in horror as the United States suffered the worst homeland attack since Pearl Harbor in 1941. Almost 3,000 American's lost their lives in attacks on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and on United Flight 93 where courageous passengers gave their own lives in order to stop terrorists from flying their plane into another target. There were so many heartbreaking and tragic moments and images that came out of 9/11 but two stand out most in people's memories. On September 11, 2001 after terrorists flew planes into the Twin Towers, the buildings collapsed leaving nothing behind put a massive pile of rubble.

It took (1.) eight years for workers to fully complete both of the World Trade Center Towers. The buildings opened in 1970 and were dreamed up by the chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank, David Rockefeller and former Governor of New York Nelson Rockefeller. (2.) It took more than 10,000 workers to construct the Twin Towers, 60 of the workers were killed on the job. The Twin Towers became a NYC landmark. Their unique shape and height attracted visitors from all over the world. (3.) In 1974 French tightrope walker, Phillipe Petit strung a rope between the two buildings and walked across in a stunning display.

The 2001 terror attacks was not the first time the Twin Towers were targeted. (4.) In 1993 a terrorist drove a car loaded with explosives into a parking garage at the World Trade Center. At 12:18pm the bomb went off killing six people, injuring over 1,000 and collapsing several reinforced steel concrete floors with in the blast zone. Authorities in New York City and the FBI launched a massive manhunt to find those responsible for the 1993 bombing. A few days after the 1993 bombing several Islamic extremists were arrested and sentenced to life in prison. writes "The mastermind of the attack--Ramzi Ahmed Yousef--remained at large until February 1995, when he was arrested in Pakistan."

Housed within the Twin Towers was a significant number of artwork. (5.) The total value of art lost in the collapse equaled $100,000. The Telegraph reports "Items included Alexander Calder's sculpture WTC Stabile, Joan Miro's World Trade Center Tapestry, a painting from Roy Lichtenstein's Entablature series, and others by Picasso and David Hockney." Nobody can put a price tag on the human losses on September 11, 2001. After that day a sort of motto came about "We Will Never Forget" and that promise to all those who died has been kept even 12-years after they were taken.

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Amanda Schiavo holds a B.A in History from Pace University and has been a member of the Latin Times team since May 2013. She is an amateur historian, an aficionado of all things Disney, is an animal enthusiast and an accomplished equestrian. Schiavo enjoys writing human-interest pieces and stories related to helping animals and animal rights. Schiavo has been a journalist for four years and has written for Brooklyn Today as well as several other publications.  

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