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Death of Daniel Lewin, the first known 9/11 Victim, 2001

Updated: Dec 4, 2020

On This Day in Jewish History: September 11th, 2001

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#onthisday, 2001, the United States was attacked in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks by Islamist terror group, al-Qaeda.

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We mourn the 2,977 innocent fatalities, salute the brave firefighters and police officers who perished saving lives, and pledge to never forget these tragic events.

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The first known victim #onthisday was Daniel Lewin - American-Israeli mathematician, entrepreneur, and former captain in Israel's elite unit Sayeret Matkal.

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Known to be unusually intelligent and talented, Danny had excelled as a soldier, a student, and a businessman.

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A 2013 book titled "No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin, the Genius Who Transformed the Internet" came out discussing his efforts to create internet algorithms that are now part of our everyday life.

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The 31-year-old from Brookline, Massachusetts was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 11, the first plane to be hijacked that day.

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Since he spoke Arabic and was sitting close to the hijackers, he attempted to reportedly fight back when the hijacking started. Then, according to witnesses, he was stabbed to death by Satam al Suqami, one of the terrorists.

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He had his throat slashed and was recorded as the first casualty by a flight attendant who witnessed the takeover of the flight and was communicating with American Airlines on the ground using an in-flight phone. This way, they identified the terrorists based on their seats.

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About 20 minutes later, AA Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center, killing everyone on board almost immediately.


Text Source: https://www.cnn.com/2013/09/09/tech/innovation/danny-lewin-9-11-akamai/index.html

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