80 Days That Changed the World

When one world ended at 8:45 on Tuesday morning, another was born," wrote editor-at-large Nancy Gibbs in the issue we published less than 48 hours after Sept. 11, 2001. While history usually takes decades and life spans to unfold, on certain days the world seems to spin faster on its axis. Out of a clear blue sky comes a turn of events that changes everything by the time the sun goes down. Some of those days we remember by the numbers alone--not only 9/11 but also days like Nov. 22, 1963. Others we remember by a single dramatic step after years...

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