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7 Lesser-Known 9/11 Facts

 
 


1. Nuclear power plants were the initial targets for 9/11 attack. Al-Qaeda later decided not to pursue it for fear that things could get out of control.

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2. Actor James Woods reported noticing four suspicious men behaving strangely one week before the incident. The flight attendant and the authorities were said to have shrugged off the matter.

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3. Betty Ann Ong, a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11, made a telephone call to the operators to report the hijacking. She managed to speak for over eight minutes and give the seat numbers of the hijackers.

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4. Ben Sliney made the call to ground 4000 planes on 9/11. It was his first day as chief of air-traffic control at FAA’s command center.

Ben Sliney made the call to ground 4000 planes on 9/11. It was his first day as chief of air-traffic control at FAA’s command center.

5. $100 million worth of art was destroyed in 9/11 attacks, including the works of Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin.

$100 million worth of art was destroyed in 9/11 attacks, including the works Pablo Picasso and Auguste Rodin.

6. The pilot episode of the Lone Gunmen was about a conspiracy of the US government to hijack an airline and fly it into the World Trade Center to start a profit making war. It aired March 4, 2001.

The pilot episode of the Lone Gunmen was about a conspiracy of the US government to hijack an airline and fly it into the World Trade Center to start a profit making war. It aired March 4, 2001.

7. Ahmad Shah Massoud, an Afghan political and military leader, warned of the imminent large-scale attacks on the US in his speech while addressing the European Parliament in Brussels in April 2001. He was assassinated in a suicide attack on September 9, 2001.

Ahmad Shah Massoud, an Afghan political and military leader, warned of the imminent large-scale attacks on the US in his speech while addressing the European Parliament in Brussels in April 2001. He was assassinated in a suicide attack on September 9, 2001.
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