These Big Names Nearly Died on 9/11

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Many people know someone who died or survived on 9/11. Sometimes those people have names we recognize.
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Patti Austin

Austin was supposed to be on Flight 93, but changed her plans after her mother had a stroke.
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Larry Silverstein

Silverstein owned the lease for the World Trade Center towers, but his wife made him go to the dermatologist that morning so he survived the attacks.
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Sarah Ferguson

The Duchess of York was leaving an interview and heading to her office in the North Tower when the tragedy happened and luckily never made it there.
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Seth MacFarlane

The creator of “Fmaily Guy,” MacFarlane was supposed to be on Flight 11, which hit the North Tower, but a series of mistakes had him sleeping in the passenger lounge when the plane took off.
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Rob Lowe

Rob Lowe was on a flight that is now considered a dry run for the Pentagon plane with several of the terrorists who carried out the 9/11 attacks.
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Michael Lomonaco

This famous chef was supposed to have his eyeglasses repaired at lunchtime in the North Tower, but went earlier and heard the attack as he walked back to work.
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Mark Wahlburg

Wahlburg was supposed to board Flight 11 with Seth MacFarlane, but instead chartered a flight with friends after an invite to a film festival in Canada.
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Rob Herzog

Herzog, owner of Zog Sports, was held up at the post office on the morning of 9/11 and the delay was just long enough that he never made it to work that morning, saving his life.
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Ian Thorpe

This Australian gold medalist was all set to go to the viewing tower at the World Trade Center, but had to get a cab back to his hotel because he forgot his camera. The attacks had already happened by the time he returned to the hotel.
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Elise O’Kane

She wasn’t famous before, but after 9/11, this flight attendant wanted on Flight 175, but the airport computer system froze and she wasn’t able to.
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