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The World Trade Center was a complex of seven buildings that opened on 4 April 1973. On 11 September 2001 it was destroyed when terrorists hijacked four airplanes, flying one into each of the Twin Towers and causing them to collapse resulting in the deaths of 2,977 people. The site has been under construction ever since. On 11 September 2011 the National September 11 Memorial & Museum was dedicated on the site where the Twin Towers stood and on 30 April 2012 the new One World Trade Center tower became the tallest building in New York City. The new World Trade Center is scheduled for completion in 1213.
As a result of the 9/11 attacks the US government began a War on Terror whose main theater of operations is in Iraq and Afghanistan. US combat troops are still fighting there.
The photo of â€œGround Zeroâ€ was taken on 16 December 2010 with a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX5Vcamera. You can just make out the One World Trade Center tower starting to rise on the left side of the photo.
"The Sept. 11th tragedy was the most powerful event in television history, according to a new study released Wednesday by SonyElectronics and Nielsen.
According to Nielsen's survey of 1,077 American adults, 9/11 was the most "universally impactful" televised moment of the last 50 years, followed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the O.J. Simpson verdict in 1995, the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986 and the death of Osama bin Laden last May.
To measure impact, Nielsen and Sony created a score for each event derived by the number of people who viewed the event live, the number who could recall details about where they were during the occurrence and the number who could remember discussing what happened with others." Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News
I watched the towers come down with my class in our school's auditorium on a TV that the administration had placed on stage when it became apparent that what was happening was no accident.
Thanks to Lynn Harvey for the spotlight and the JPG Staff for including this in their blog.
Also by John Linton
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