Vir: STR/REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek/CC
Vir: STR/REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek/CC

September 11, the day that changed the world

When we talk about 11 September, we have 11 September 2001 in mind. On that day, there was a terrorist attack in the US that shook not only Americans, but the whole world.

On Tuesday morning twenty years ago, terrorists hijacked four planes. The first collided with the north tower at 8.46 am local time, and the second quarter of an hour later with the south tower of the World Trade Center. The skyscrapers collapsed in smoke and fire that burned for another seven days.

A third hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon, a U.S. Department of Defense building in Washington. The fourth, the pilot deliberately steered so that it crashed near the city of Pittsburgh without crashing into a specific target.

The terrorist group Al Qaeda, led by Osama bin Laden, was responsible for the attacks. Ten years later, he was discovered and killed by US military special forces in Pakistan.

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary, a memorial park was opened on the site where the »twins« once stood, as the New York high-rises were called.

Na dvajseto obletnico se bodo tragičnega dogodka spomnili z glasnim branjem imen žrtev. Ta so zapisana na marmornih ploščah ob dveh bazenih, ki sta na mestu, kjer sta nekoč stali stolpnici. Foto: Wikimedia Commons
The twentieth anniversary was commemorated by reading the names of the victims aloud. These are written on marble slabs next to two pools, which are on the site where the high-rises once stood. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The events of September 11, 2001, changed America and the world.

In the United States, a special Department of Homeland Security was set up after the attack, which can restrict citizens’ freedoms in the search for terrorists.

Fearing new terrorist attacks, strict security measures have been introduced around the world, for example at airports.

But the war on terror is hard to win. Since 9/11, there have been even more terrorist attacks in which hundreds of innocent people have died.

Points to Consider

  1. Do you know of any other event important to the whole world?
  2. Do you know the security measures at airports?
  3. Which event shocked you the most?


The original version of this article was published on September 10th.

English translation courtesy of JL FlannerTotal Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.


Dobnikar Šeruga rada potuje po vsem svetu. Spoznava nove kraje in ljudi in se vedno znova razveseli spoznanja, da smo prebivalci tega planeta zelo različni in vendar povsem enaki.

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