This year, even the days of the week match up. So we find ourselves thinking back to today 11 years ago. What was happening on Monday, September 10, 2001? What were we doing, thinking about before our world changed forever?
On Monday night, Michael Jackson performed during a star-filled tribute concert at Madision Square Garden in honor of his 30th anniversary in show business. The Indianapolis Colts beat the New York Jets at the Meadowlands, 45-24. In Manhattan it was 86 degrees and so hazy, and then so stormy, many folks probably longed for one of these perfectly clear blue skies.
All over, it was business, family life, and leisure as usual. Mayoral candidates in New York City were pitching themselves before the next day’s primary election. The home Yankee-Red Sox game was called for rain. The New York Giants lost to the Denver Broncos 31-20 in the first Monday Night Football game of the season, a game that didn’t end until long after midnight. Some fans would overslept the next morning.
President George W. Bush flew to Florida for talks and appearances about education. An artist supported by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Project filmed a thunderstorm from a 92nd floor window of Tower One.
The Time magazine on newsstands on the 10th announced that Colin Powell was a “global eminence,” questioned Bush’s stance on stem-cell research, discussed an archealogical search for the Queen of Sheba, and reported that pollution and commerce were endangering the Taj Mahal.
Last year, on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, ABC posted photographs and recollections, from the day before.
I have no idea what I was doing on Sept. 10, 2001. Probably asking my second grader about his new teacher, and listening to my three year old’s stories about preschool. Like it was for so many other Americans, Sept. 10, 2001, the 253rd day of the year, was just another day. Until, 24 hours later, it wasn’t. By then, it was the day before, the last day of — something.
Photo: ABC News (David Kuz) via Flickr Creative Commons.