The History of the Twin Towers
Social Studies 8-3
June 3, 2013
Social Studies 8-3
June 3, 2013
Has a terrorist attack ever affected your family? The twin towers attack was one of the biggest terrorist attacks in American history and it affected thousands of families. But, before one should assume the attack was a tragedy, one must look at the construction of the twin towers first. After the fact coming up from the ashes come the freedom towers which represent and show that America can fight back from their tragedies and get back to the top. The building, destruction, and rebuilding of the twin towers all played major roles in what our society is today because of how things unraveled and all that happened because of it.
The building of the first twin towers and architecture was a symbolism to to US history. The first tower was built in 1972 and the other one was built a year later in 1973.The two towers measured four hundred seventeen meters and four hundred fifteen meters. The world trade center was the tallest building in the world until the sears tower was built in 1974. Some may think that there was only one terrorist attack on the twin towers, but they are wrong. On February 23, 1993 a bomb exploded in the world trade center. This explosion killed six people and wounded over one thousand. The second time there was an attack on the world trade center of course was on September 11, 2001 when two planes that were hijacked crashed into the towers and soon after they imploded. Almost three thousand people died because of this terrorist attack. The site of where the towers burned is now known as “ground zero”. (www.panynj.gov)
Nobody denies that the twin towers was a staple for the US, but most people do not know who came up with the idea of the twin towers or how it came to be. In 1959 which was the start of the idea of building the twin towers, David Rockefeller begins to promote the idea of a world and finance center in New York City. In January 1960 the Port Authority of New York is commissioned to study the plan of David Rockefeller. In February 1962, New York and New Jersey authorize the development of the world trade center. In January 1964 the Port Authority unveils the architecture plans to make the twin towers one of the world’s tallest buildings. Then on March 21, 1966, the construction of the twin towers with the demolition of seventy eight Dey Street. After, in October 1970 the north tower exceeded the height of the empire state building making it the tallest building in the world. The world trade center is dedicated on April 4, 1973. In brief, the twin towers from the plans of it being built to it being dedicated it took a total of fourteen years. (www.panynj.gov)
Granted the twin towers were probably the peak of American economics, one would be surprised with some of the events and things that took place there. One of the most famous events that took place there was in 1974 when tightrope artist Philippe Petit walked between the two twin towers and also in 1976 they built The Windows of the world restaurant on the top of the north tower. Also in 1994 the twin towers was named one of the seven world wonders. In the final analysis, although the twin towers was known for the economics there was also a lot of interesting things that happened there. (www.panynj.gov)
When people when they think of twin towers terrorist attacks they usually think of the one in 2001 however there also was a terrorist attack in 1993. On February 26 there was an explosion two levels below the southern wall of the north tower. In this attack six victims were killed. The twin towers were reopened for business on March 19. In the spring of 1995 there is a memorial dedicated to the victims of the 1993 bombing. All in all, most people think that the attack in 2001 was bad but also the one in 1993 was pretty bad itself....
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