Saturday, January 30, 2010

Flashback - The Year 2001


Federal spending: $1,864 billion
Federal debt: $5,807 billion
Consumer Price Index: 177.1
Unemployment: 4.8 %
Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.34

Terrorists attack United States. Hijackers ram jetliners into twin towers of New York City's World Trade Center and the Pentagon. A fourth hijacked plane crashes 80 mi outside of Pittsburgh (Sept. 11). Toll of dead and injured in thousands. Within days, Islamic militant Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda terrorist network are identified as the parties behind the attacks.

George W. Bush is sworn in as 43rd president (Jan. 20).

Anthrax scare rivets nation, as anthrax-laced letters are sent to various media and government officials. Several postal workers die after handling the letters (throughout October).




Wall-to-wall books said...

HMMM very sad year wasn't it? From the 9/11 attacks to the new president, LOL (not a bush fan here)
Weren't even very good movies that year!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Wow! I had forgotten that the movies Erin Brokovich and Traffic won actor and director Academy Awards that year!

It seems as though 9/11 overshadowed everything else, with all that followed, etc.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Doesn't seem like Fellowship was that long ago. I remember arriving at the movie theatre around 10am that day. Most of the people in line were getting tickets for later that night, so we were among the first dozen into the theatre when it opened at 11:30am. Went to see both sequels in the same manner.

Lisa said...

Isn't it interesting that it seems like so long ago that those movies came out, but the World Trade Towers attack seems so much more recent? It is just such a vivid memory.

Marce said...

I think it was a great year for movies. Gladiator is an all time favourite for sure.

9 11, Antrax, WOW that does not feel that long ago, how sad.

Missy, I love these posts of yours.

Yvonne said...

Just to let you know, I gave you an award :)


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