One of the coolest things about history is that every single day on the calendar has its own unique set of events and milestones. I’m a huge history buff, so I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some remarkable events that happened on this day in history, September 11th:
1777: BATTLE OF BRANDYWINE BEGINS
In one of the most famous battles of the Revolutionary War, the Brits had the audacity to attack us on our own soil. Imagine….the nerve of those guys!
1971: DONNY OSMOND TOPS THE CHARTS WITH “GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL”
The young pop star perpetrated a sneak attack on the hearts and minds of America with this timeless hit.
1987: FATAL ATTRACTION PREMIERES
In a picture that redefined the thriller genre, Michael Douglas and Glenn Close engage in an illicit affair that turns lethal somewhere in a field in Pennsylvania.
2001: AMERICA READIES ITSELF FOR THE PREMIERE OF KEANU REEVES’ SPORTS COMEDY “HARDBALL” ON SEPTEMBER 14, 2001
The nation prepared its collective heart to be warmed by this tale of a former degenerate gamble who redeems himself by coaching a ragtag group of inner city youths’ baseball team. Surprisingly, this can’t-miss premise ended up bombing.
2002: THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
The best 9/11 anniversary, in my humble opinion. The terrorist attack was still fresh in everyone’s minds, so the ceremonies were more heartfelt. This was before all the corporate sponsors got involved and made it all commercial, losing sight of the true meaning of 9/11.
2003: THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
How do you top the epicness of the first anniversary of 9/11? By going over the top for the sequel. Ceremonies for the second 9/11 anniversary included more flags, more tears, more eagles, and more renditions of God Bless America. Sure, it didn’t quite live up to the original, but few days could. This one was truly The Empire Strikes Back of 9/11 anniversaries.
2004: THE THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
After the two amazing 9/11 anniversaries preceding it, it was hard for 2004 to live up to the hype. While it’s heart was in the right place, this 9/11 anniversary felt forced and convoluted; no match for its earlier, stronger counterparts. Also, the whole “Iraq War” subplot seemed unecessary and went nowhere.
2009: THE EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
After a number of tepid, uninspired, cash-grab sequels, 2009 saw the 9/11 commemoration get a hip, modern reboot with the first ever casting of a black guy as the lead.
2011: THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
Knowing it would have to do something major for the big ten year anniversary, the U.S. government shocked the nation with its best 9/11 reveal yet: the death of Osama bin Laden. While bin Laden was killed in May, this gave an added level of drama to the proceedings: was bin Laden truly dead? Would he make a shocking return on 9/11 to ruin the ceremonies? Viewers would have to tune in to find out, and boy did they ever, in record numbers!
2021: THE TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF 9/11
While this one’s still a few years away, something major will need to be done for this banner event. Might I suggest fireworks? Or maybe a big ol’ carnival at Ground Zero?