Another tragic event in history, besides the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, is also an anniversary of note, namely the 80th anniversary of the German siege of Leningrad which started on September 8, 1941, though little notice of this anniversary is being noted in the U.S.
On September 8, 1941, German troops aided by their Finnish allies initiated a blockade and siege of the Russian City of Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) that lasted two years and four months.
Hitler intended to destroy the city and its population.
From 800,000 to one and half million Soviet civilians and soldiers died, primarily through starvation.
Ultimately the Axis forces were defeated by the Soviets.
Robert J. Bailey