10th September 2001

These photographs, by David Officer and Peter Howard respectively, are of the World Trade Center in New York on the 10th of September, 2001 – the day before the terror attacks.

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A view of the New York City skyline, as seen from the Empire State Building on September 10, 2001. terror attacks islamic extremism david officer

The Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Centre, photographed on September 10, 2001. terror attack islamic extremism peter howard

On this day: Ground Zero, NYC.

Operation Noble Eagle

This photograph, from the 15th of September, 2001, shows a fireman calling for the help of ten more rescue officers at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center terror attacks in New York.

The image was taken by U.S. Navy photographer Preston Keres.

Ten Years

Today is the tenth anniversary of the Russian invasion of Georgia. Russia still occupies parts of the country, and landowners on the fake new borders report having more of their property stolen every day – it’s a slow motion invasion the world has completely forgotten about.

As with Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine, ethnic cleansing is taking place in occupied Georgia, and the Russians are destroying all evidence of local people’s culture and history. Historic buildings are being torn down. (A Crimean Tatar set himself on fire in protest the other day – on camera; nobody in the world reported it.)

Georgia was Putin’s test run for his invasion of Ukraine. Taking place just after Obama came to power, he learnt that world leaders wouldn’t act on Russian aggression.

Even though it’s not really needed for diplomatic purposes, Georgia maintains an embassy here in Canberra, to remind people in the South Pacific why they shouldn’t be doing trade with the Kremlin (Fiji and New Zealand, I’m looking at you!).

On this day: Nocton Hall is Gutted by Fire

Nocton_Hall_1901 Nocton Hall as it appeared in Country Life on the 28th of September, 1901. Lincolnshire, England. Gutted by fire in 2004.

The Hall in Country Life. 28th September 1901.

On the 24th of October, 2004, Nocton Hall – a Grade II listed building in Lincolnshire, England – was gutted by fire for a second time. The Hall is the former home of Frederick John Robinson, 1st Earl of Ripon, who served as British Prime Minister in the 1820s.

An investigation concluded the destruction was caused by arson, but so far nobody has been arrested.

In addition to being home to a number of prominent residents, the Hall was also used as a location to treat wounded soldiers in both the First and Second World Wars.

The current building is a nineteenth-century construction that was built to replace the original sixteenth-century house, which was also destroyed by fire.

Today, the ruined house stands empty while its future is debated.

On this day: the deadliest air show disaster in history.

The worst air show disaster in history occurred in Lviv, Ukraine on the 27th of July, 2002.

The Sknyliv disaster happened at an event attended by more than 10000 people. 77 people were killed, and 543 injured. It was later said the pilots were given an incorrect flight map that showed the spectators in a different location to where they actually were.

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine...

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine.

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured. Ukraine..

OTD in 2002, the #Sknyliv airshow disaster occurred near Lviv. A Su-27 crashed into the crowd killing 77 incl 23 children. 543 were injured.

On this day: the end of the Battle of Grozny

The Battle of Grozny, the Russian siege of the capital of Chechnya that began in 1999, ended on the 6th of February, 2000.

In 2003, the United Nations named Grozny the “most destroyed city on Earth”.

Destruction after the Russian siege.

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