What Happened On This Day – 11. September
2012 Attacks on The US Diplomatic Compounds in Benghazi, Libya
About 150 Islamic militants attacked two different US diplomatic buildings in the city with gunfire, grenades, and mortars. 4 Americans including US ambassador J. Christopher Stevens died in the attack. The incident led to political controversy in the country, especially related to the statements made by then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and members of the State Department.
2011 Occupy Wall Street movement begins
The Occupy Wall Street movement began in Zuccotti Park in the Wall Street District of New York City
2007 Russia Tests Father of All Bombs
The world’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb was a thermobaric bomb – it detonated mid-air and uses the oxygen in the air to create an explosion. The energy released by the bomb equaled 44 tons of TNT.
2001 September 11 Attacks in the United States
A series of 4 coordinated suicide attacks were carried out by the terrorist group, Al Qaeda, on the morning of September 11. 19 militants hijacked 4 California bound airplanes from East Coast cities in the US and used the planes to target major American landmarks. Two planes were crashed into the two towers of the World Trade Center, which caused them to collapse within two hours of being struck. One plane was crashed into the Pentagon building while the fourth plane, thought to be bound towards Washington DC, crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers tried to fight back against the hijackers. The attacks claimed the lives of about 3,000 people and destroyed property worth billions of dollars. The attack was the precursor to the War Against Terror and the War in Afghanistan.
1998 Commonwealth Games Open in Kuala Lumpur
The 16th Commonwealth Games were held for the first time in an Asian country that did not have the British monarchy as the head of the state, 69 countries participated in the games that are held every 4 years.
Births On This Day – 11. September
American rapper, producer, actor, founded Disturbing tha Peace Records
American singer-songwriter, DJ
1965 Bashar al-Assad
Syrian politician, 21st President of Syria
1924 Rudolf Vrba
Czech/Canadian holocaust survivor, educator
1885 D. H. Lawrence
Deaths On This Day – 11. September
1987 Peter Tosh
Jamaican singer-songwriter, guitarist
1973 Salvador Allende
Chilean physician, politician
1971 Nikita Khrushchev
Soviet politician, 7th Premier of the Soviet Union
1948 Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Indian/Pakistani lawyer, politician, founder of Pakistan
1941 Christian Rakovsky
Bulgarian revolutionary, politician