Weird History Rare, Powerful Photos from September 11, 2001  

Mel Judson
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The graphic and banned images from 9/11 on this list are potentially disturbing, so viewer discretion advised. For many Americans, there is no single event in modern history as sobering as 9/11. It was an event so horrific, it redefined the modern world. If you lived through September 11th, whether from New York or beyond, you'll likely always remember exactly where you were when you heard the news that a passenger plane struck one of the towers, and then the other.

September 11th, 2001 is when everything changed. It shook Americans to their core; it made them aware of the dangers they faced; but most of all, it brought them together. As a country, Americans rose from the ashes and united to show the world that they wouldn't be overcome by acts of terrorism. They proved that they wouldn't let the thousands lost in New York and Washington, DC, perish in vain. 

A warning: some of these photos from September 11th are graphic and disturbing. In fact, a few of these rare 9/11 photos were even banned in the early days after the attacks. Others have become iconic 9/11 photos that symbolize the strength and resilience of the American people. Let these pictures inspire you.

Here, we honor those who lost their lives in the planes, in the towers themselves, and in the surrounding buildings and devastation. We honor those impossibly brave first responders, many of whom gave their lives in order to save everyone they could. With these photos, we remember that day, and we remember those we lost, and we build a stronger America in their honor.

View Of Lady Liberty, And The Attacks


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Photo: 9/11 Photos/flickr

The dichotomy of the beautiful sunny September day in New York juxtaposed with the smoke billowing from Ground Zero is unearthly. The Department of Homeland Security was created in response to 9/11; it combined 22 government agencies into one.

Firefighters Look Over The Rubble


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Photo: Photo by Porter Gifford/Corbis via Getty Images

Only 14 people escaped from the impact zone of the south tower (floors 77-85), and only four people total made it out from all of the floors above it. After the towers collapsed, only 23 people in all were able to escape from the debris, including 15 rescue workers. The last survivor was found 27 hours after the collapse.

A total of 6,294 people were treated in area hospitals.

The FDNY Fights Its Way Through The Wreckage


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Photo: Mark Peterson/Corbis SABA/via Getty Images
It took firefighters just over 100 days to put out all the fires ignited by the 9/11 attacks on New York.

Toxic Dust And Debris Fills Manhattan


Toxic Dust And Debris Fills Ma... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Rare, Powerful Photos from September 11, 2001
Photo: Detective Greg Semendinger/National Institute of Standards and Technology/Wikimedia Commons
On May 24th, 2007, Dr. Charles S. Hirsch, Chief Medical Examiner in New York, ruled that the 2002 death of Felicia Dunn-Jones in was due to dust exposure, irrefutably linked to the 9/11 attack. It was, therefore, a homicide that raised the 9/11 death toll to 2,750.