TWENTY years in the past, the world watched in horror because the 9/11 assaults unfolded.
Nineteen terrorists hijacked 4 planes on September 11, 2001, forcing them to crash into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.
The ultimate aircraft crashed in Pennsylvania.
Scores of survivors tales emerged within the wake of the tragedy.
And inside them, six celebrities got here spookily near shedding their lives that day.
Twenty years after the horrific occasions of 9/11, we inform their tales and the unusual twists of destiny that saved their lives.
Michael Jackson overslept after a late evening chat
Singer Michael Jackson narrowly missed a gathering on prime of the World Commerce Middle on the morning of the 9/11 assaults.
The music icon had been due on the Twin Towers on September 11, however overslept after staying up late into the evening speaking to his mum, Katherine, and his sister, Rebbie.
Wanting again on the close to miss, Michael’s brother Jermaine Jackson wrote in his autobiography Via a Brother’s Eyes: “Fortunately none of us had had a clue that Michael was due at a gathering that morning on the prime of one of many Twin Towers.
“We solely found this as soon as Mom phoned his lodge to ensure he was okay.
“She, Rebbie and some others had left him there round 3am.
“‘Mom, I’m okay, due to you,’ he advised her. ‘You stored me up speaking so late that I overslept and missed my appointment.’”
Jackson lived for an additional eight years earlier than dying aged 50 of a cardiac arrest following a medication overdose.
Sarah Ferguson obtained caught in site visitors on her approach to the Twin Towers
On the morning of 9/11, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, was working 20 minutes late.
The royal was due at her charity workplace Possibilities for Kids, positioned on the a hundred and first ground of the north tower that morning.
However Fergie, now 61, discovered herself in heavy site visitors on New York’s streets after an interview with Matt Lauer at NBC’s close by studios.
Reflecting on the “close to demise expertise”, the Duchess advised Hi there! Journal: “I take each minute as a blessing.
“As a result of the minute you look too far ahead, then you definately’re lacking now. The minute you look again…you may’t return.”
The charity mascot which sat on Fergie’s desk, a rag doll affectionately referred to as Little Pink, was later discovered amid the rubble of the Twin Towers.
Rob Lowe flew on the terrorists’ dummy run
As Rob Lowe sat on a flight 11 days earlier than the assaults, he had no concept that he was on board the terrorists’ dry run for 9/11.
Nothing appeared uncommon because the Code Black star caught his commonplace flight from Washington DC to Los Angeles after filming for The West Wing.
But it surely later transpired the terrorists concerned within the 9/11 assaults have been additionally onboard and had used the flight as a dummy run.
The identical aircraft was later utilized by the terrorists to assault The Pentagon.
Rob Lowe later recalled: “I flew with the 9/11 hijackers on the dry run with out realising.
“I used to be capturing The West Wing in DC on the time and I at all times took the flight that leaves [Washington] Dulles to Los Angeles that they ultimately put into the Pentagon.”
He added: “I made the flight lots and I didn’t assume something of it. I obtained on the flight and it was a packed, small aircraft.
“Regarded across the cabin, [I] don’t keep in mind something specifically, no person regarded scary, no person regarded like a terrorist. It regarded like a completely regular flight.”
Rob was shocked to find 18 months later that he might need to present proof in opposition to terrorist and Al Qaeda chief Zacarias Moussaoui – however in the end, he didn’t should.
Gwyneth Paltrow saved somebody’s life
On September 11, Gwyneth Paltrow was making her method house after an early morning yoga class when a girl jaywalked in entrance of her automotive.
Remembering the fateful day 10 years later, the Contagion actor advised Reuters: “I used to be on the best way house and it was the morning of September 11 — not that I knew on the time what that meant — and a woman was jaywalking throughout the road and we sort of each stopped on the identical time and waited a extremely very long time.”
The woman was Lara Lundstrom Clark, who was dashing to her desk on the 77th ground of the south tower on the World Commerce Middle.
However when she noticed the Sliding Doorways actress, Lara stopped, starstruck, in entrance of her automotive.
In accordance with Lara, the encounter meant she missed her prepare to the World Commerce Middle, a delay which saved her life.
Gwyneth recounted: “Ten years later I obtained a letter from her saying that she had been late for work and we had that factor and he or she went all the way down to the Christopher Avenue station to catch her prepare to go all the way down to the World Commerce Middle the place she labored on the 77th ground of the South Tower and the prepare was simply pulling out.
“So had we not had that interplay she appears like her life would’ve taken a a lot completely different course.
“It was a unprecedented story and all I might take into consideration is all the individuals who had experiences like that that day, however aren’t capable of attain out as a result of it wasn’t a recognizable particular person.”
Mark Wahlberg dodged boarding the American Airways flight
Boardwalk Empire star Mark Wahlberg was resulting from take the American Airways Flight 11 which terrorists crashed into the North Tower on September 11.
However on the final minute, the actor and his pals determined to alter plans and chartered a aircraft to Toronto, Canada to attend a movie competition.
The actor later was blasted for suggesting he might have stopped the terrorists if he’d been on board.
He advised Males’s Journal: “If I used to be on that aircraft with my youngsters, it wouldn’t have went down prefer it did.
“There would have been lots of blood in that top notch cabin after which me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land someplace safely, don’t fear.”
Later, Wahlberg apologised for claiming he might have modified occasions.
He mentioned: “To invest about such a scenario is ridiculous to start with, and to recommend I might have carried out something otherwise than the passengers on that aircraft was irresponsible.
“I deeply apologise to the households of the victims that my reply got here off as insensitive, it was definitely not my intention.”
Seth MacFarlane was rescued by a hangover
The author behind cartoon comedy Household Man was resulting from catch the identical American Airways aircraft as Mark Wahlberg, which terrorists later hijacked.
However Seth MacFarlane narrowly prevented boarding the flight resulting from a reserving combine up and a hangover.
MacFarlane’s journey agent had advised him the 7.45am flight was resulting from go away at 8.15am,
So when a hungover MacFarlane arrived on the airport late, he discovered that boarding had already closed.
He missed the flight by 10 minutes.
He later mentioned: “I used to be booked on that flight and I used to be consuming the evening earlier than and hung over and I missed the aircraft by about 10 minutes. It was a really shut name for me.”
The American Airways flight was utilized by terrorists to fly into the North Tower of the World Commerce Middle, killing all 92 individuals on board and making certain the deaths of 1,402 individuals surrounding the aircraft’s impression zone.