This is the worst terrorist attack in history, killing 3,000 people on September 11, 2001. Hundreds more have or have had lifelong consequences. On the other hand, among the sad stories, there are also those in which happiness and relief lurk. Some celebrities ran away from the gravedigger’s shovel because they were supposed to be around the Twins at the time in question. But fate wanted it differently.
Gabourey Sidibe, actress
The African-American actress, known to viewers from the American Horror Story series, for example, was eighteen at the time of the attacks. She attended the Borough of Manhattan, an educational institution located in close proximity to the Twins. “It doesn’t happen to me often, but I fell asleep,” she recalled years later. Of course, school started in the morning. Shortly before nine, she woke up and turned on the television to see what was happening downtown.
One of the towers then collapsed on the school building, many of its classmates and teachers lost their lives. After a few weeks, the school reopened, and Sidibe remembered that there was soot and ashes in the corridors. There were even photographs of the dead at the entrance.
Michael Lomonaco, chef
American chef Michael Lomonaco has a hard-to-believe story behind it. Since 1997, he has run the Windows on the World restaurant, which was located in the northern tower of the WTC. It gained popularity with good food and especially with breathtaking views. Lomonaco was heading to work, as he did every morning, the morning ritual disturbed by a visit to the optician in the lobby of the skyscraper. The delay saved his life because the first plane crashed into the tower while buying glasses and Lomonaco was evacuated. Most of his co-workers were not so lucky.
Ian Thorpe, Olympic swimmer
The Australian swimmer and Olympic champion, nicknamed the Torpedo, visited New York as a 19-year-old tourist. He was scheduled to visit the World Trade Center that day. In the morning, he wanted to catch a viewing platform from which much of Manhattan could be seen. During the trip, however, Thorpe found that he had forgotten the camera at the hotel, so he had to return for it. “He was about twenty minutes after his death,” one of Thorp’s managers told Reuters.
On September 11, 2001, the action film hero was to shoot several scenes for the upcoming film Nosebleed. However, due to the delayed scenario, the schedule has shifted. “Everything was scheduled for seven o’clock in the morning, in one scene I was supposed to be on top of one of the towers,” the actor recalled years later. He was to play the role of a window washer in the picture. The film was eventually put on ice and never saw the light of day, because the main plot was to be a terrorist attack on the Statue of Liberty. The producers eventually withdrew from the whole project.
The actor, producer and occasional rapper can be considered one of the happiest people in the world. He managed to avoid a certain death. On that fateful day, Wahlberg was to fly from his native Boston to Los Angeles. According to available information, he had a reservation for American Airlines Flight No. 11, which was taken over by terrorist Muhammad Atta immediately after takeoff. The machine then crashed into the north tower of the WTC.
A few days before the trip, Wahlberg decided to head to Toronto first, where his friend’s film premiered. This change undoubtedly saved his life. However, the American actor outraged the public with his peculiar statement. “If I were on board, it wouldn’t turn out the way it did,” he once said.
A few hours were enough and Wahlberg issued an official apology. “It is inappropriate to speculate on such a situation, I deeply apologize to the families of the dead,” the communiqué said.
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