Opening your morning newspaper a year ago Wednesday, you may have been greeted by headlines on the controversy over drilling for oil in Alaska, the latest on Rep. Gary Condit, D-Calif., or speculation that the Dow had reached rock bottom after closing at 9605.50 the previous Friday.
If you're a typical American, you likely did not attend a religious service that week, you weren't worried that the government would open the letter you sent overseas, and if "nine-eleven" meant anything, it was the number you called for help.
But the next morning, all this, and more, would begin to change.
New words in the lexicon: "...nine-eleven, ground zero, weaponize, homeland security, so September 10, evildoers, shoe bomber, axis of evil, let's roll!..."
Zogby International asked 1,000 registered voters, "Have you attended a church, synagogue or mosque in the past seven days?"
Answered "yes" on: July 2, 2001: 42 percent; Oct. 14, 2001: 60 percent; Jan. 31, 2002: 50 percent (Margin of error: 3.2 percent)
HEADLINES FROM SEPT. 10, 2001
Mayoral candidates crisscross city seeking last few votes -- New York Times
In Yukon, fears US drilling could upset delicate balance -- Washington Post
No longer intifada, not quite war
-- The Christian Science Monitor
Bears insist the bottom's yet to come
-- Los Angeles Times
US pulls the plug on Muslim Web sites
-- The [London] Guardian
Five things the government can do now that it couldn't before:
U The FBI can spy on groups without any evidence of wrongdoing.
U The FBI can spy on individuals for a year without evidence of wrongdoing, up from 30 days previously.
U The Customs Service can open outbound international mail without a warrant.
U The attorney general can incarcerate noncitizens indefinitely purely on the basis of suspicion.
U 'Nonlawful combatants' are denied most of the trial rights granted soldiers and civilians.
YOU'LL HAVE TO CHECK THAT
Ten things added to the list of forbidden airline carry-on items by the Transportation Security Administration since Sept. 11: baseball bats, golf clubs, pool cues, ski poles, corkscrews, hockey sticks, toy weapons, portable power drills, hammers, toy transformer robots (which form a toy gun).
Where airport lines are shrinking most
Percentage of people waiting 60 minutes or more (Nov. 2001/March 2002)
Denver Int. 53 percent/24 percent; Fort Myers, Fla. 35 percent/13 percent; Chicago, Midway 29 percent/8 percent; Portland, Ore. 37 percent/18 percent
Number of U.S .travelers who want to ...
... visit historic sites: 48 percent in 2002 vs. 42 percent in 2001
... attend a family reunion: 37 percent in 2002 vs. 25 percent in 2001
... travel by air: 19 percent in 2002 vs. 22 percent 2001
Source: Travel Industry Association of America
WIZARD OF ID
Before Sept. 11, seven U.S. airports used Identix fingerprint biometrics, a system which recognizes the identity of people by their fingerprints.
Today, more than 110 airports use the system.
DON'T GIVE US YOUR TIRED, YOUR POOR. ...
Immigration visas issued at Middle Eastern embassies
Sept. 11, 2000 to July 31, 2001: 23,561; Sept. 11, 2001 to July 31, 2002: 17,807
Temporary visas issued at Middle Eastern embassies
Sept. 11, 2000 to Aug. 22, 2001: 409,850; Sept. 11, 2001 to Aug. 22, 2002: 213,697
Source: State Department
Flags sold by Wal-Mart in first seven months after Sept. 11: 4.96 million
In same period the previous year: 1.18 million
BIG OUTPOURING, BUT OVERALL DROP
Money given to private organizations (in 2001 dollars) *
2000: $215.95 billion
2001: $212 billion (est.)
Sept. 11-related giving: $2.25 billion * *
* Given to 200 organizations
* * The top 4 -- American Red Cross, Sept. 11th Fund, New York Firefighters Disaster Relief Fund, and Twin Towers Fund -- received $1.4 billion
Source: American Association of Fundraising Counsel, Chronicle of Philanthropy
Compiled by: Christian Science Monitor