- 1953 World Trade Center proposed at 1953 New York World Fair
- 1966 construction Starts
- 1971 Designer Minoru Yamasaki Sits and looks at the complex from the lobby and dies of Cancer
- 1972 Both Towers are Complete
- 1974 French tightrope walker Philippe Petit walks on a highwire from the south tower to the north tower
- 1977 the famous 1977 blackout happens
- 1983 7 World Trade Center is Complete
- 1993 Underground parking garage is bombed
- 2001 9/11 Happens
- 2006 the new 7 World Trade Center is complete
- 2011 new Memorial opens on the 10th Anniversary
- 2013 4 World Trade Center is complete
- 2014 One World Trade Center is complete
- 2018 Three World Trade Center is complete
Features of the original towers
Before it's destruction, the Twin Towers were mostly office space, but there was a restaurant on the 107th floor of the North tower and an indoor and outdoor observation deck on the South tower.
Windows On the World
A restaurant on the 106th and 107th floors of the North Tower. It opened on April of 1976. The restaurant was developed by Joe Baum which cost more than $17 million. Was closed following the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and reopened in 1996. During 2000, the restaurant's last full year of operation, Windows On the World reported revenues of $37 million which made it the highest-grossing restaurant in the USA.
Top of the World
Was an observation deck on the 107th floor and roof of the South tower. After the 1993 terrorist bombing, visitors would have to pass through security checks, and then sent to the 107th floor indoor observatory. When the weather allows, visitors could ride two escalators up from the 107th floor to the outdoor observation deck on the roof. On a clear day, it is said that visitors could see up to 50 miles.
To get up to the 107th floor or any offices, a person would have to go through the lobby. After the 1993 bombing, turnstiles and extra security measures were installed, but that was not enough to stop another terrorist attack, since the next one involved hijacked planes. Elevators can be accessed from here.
Because of how tall the towers are and how many elevators were required, engineers decided to use a system with two "sky lobbies", basically floors where people can switch from express elevators to local elevators. They were located on the 44th and 78th floors of the Twin Towers.
On February 26, 1993, Al-Qaeda terrorists tried to destroy the World Trade Center Twin Towers by parking a Ryder van into the public parking garage on underground level B-2. The bomb opened a 30-m wide hole through four sublevels of concrete. The bomb explosion instantly cut of electricity to the World Trade Center.
DestructionOn September 11th 2001, terrorists from Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes and of course, two of them were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
Timeline of the attacks
- 8:46 a.m. American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the North Tower, killing a bunch of people instantly and trapping many others on the floors above. People at that time thought it was an accident
- 9:03 a.m. United Airlines flight 175 crashes into the South Tower. At this point, it was obvious that terrorists have hijacked planes and deliberately flown them into the towers
- 9:59 a.m. The South Tower collapses killing all who are still in the building. No one expected it to collapse.
- 10:28 a.m. The North Tower collapses, but unlike the South Tower, there was a pocket of survivors in a part of a stairwell that survived, they were eventually rescued. Flaming debris hit from the collapsing tower hut 7 World Trade Center, igniting a fire in there and causing the building to eventually fall.
- 5:20 p.m. 7 World Trade Center collapses, nobody was killed in 7 World Trade Center's collapse.