On This Day in History: The September 11 Terrorist Attacks of 2001

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'This Day in History': 09/11/2001 - Attack on America

On September 11th in 2001, a series of terrorist attacks shocked America and the rest of the world. Two airliners bound for California were hijacked by terrorists and eventually crashed into the World Trade Center twin towers in Manhattan. Another plane crashed into the Pentagon in Virginia. A fourth jetliner, speculated to be bound for another important American building, crashed in a in field in Pennsylvania. The death toll was devastating and the day has gone down in history as one of the most severe days of terror in the United States.

Other Events on September 11:
1814: America won the Battle of Plattsburg on Lake Champlain.
1985: Pete Rose set the MLB record for career hits, hitting his 4192nd hit of his career.
1971: Former Soviet Union, Nikita Khruschev, died at the age of 77 in Moscow, Russia.
1987: The film, Fatal Attraction, starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, premiered in U.S. theaters.
2013: A woman from Arizona gave birth to quintuplets.

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On This Day in History: The September 11 Terrorist Attacks of 2001
President Barack Obama speaks in Tarrytown, N.Y., near the Tappan Zee Bridge, in the background, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, about the need for a 21st Century Transportation Infrastructure. (AP Photo)
President Barack Obama and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tour the destroyed Ladder 3 truck at the September 11 Memorial Museum, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Speaking at the dedication, the president said, no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. He says, quote, "Nothing can ever break us." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. The museum opens to the public on May 21. (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)
President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tour the destroyed Ladder 3 truck at the September 11 Memorial Museum,Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Obama spoke at the dedication in New York for the National September 11 Memorial Museum, saying the museum tells the story of 9/11 so that future generations will never forget. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
As the image of Wells Crowther, a victim of the September 11 attacks is displayed behind him, President Barack Obama speaks at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Obama spoke at the dedication in New York for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. He said the museum tells the story of 9/11 so that future generations will never forget. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, and Diana Taylor, tour the Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton tour the Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tour Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Speaking at the dedication, the president said, no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama speaks at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Speaking at the dedication, the president said, no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
As the twin towers are displayed behind him, President Barack Obama speaks at the National September 11 Memorial Museum, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Speaking at the dedication, the president said, no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tour the destroyed Ladder 3 truck at the September 11 Memorial Museum, Thursday, May 15, 2014, in New York. Speaking at the dedication, the president said, no act of terror can match the strength and character of the United States. He says, quote, "Nothing can ever break us." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/John Angelillo, Pool)
President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, Pool)
President Barack Obama speaks at the dedication ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum on Thursday, May 15, 2014 in New York. (AP Photo/Timothy A. Clary, Pool)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave as they board Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Thursday, May 15, 2014. After they attended the dedication of the 9/11 museum at the World Trade Center site Thursday before it opens to the public on May 21. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), accompanied by his wife Mary Pat Christie, delivers his remarks during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80-foot high tridents, the so-called 'Ground Zero Cross,' the destroyed remains of Company 21's New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from a hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. (Photo by Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: People watch a live video from the Ground Zero memorial site of the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York May 15, 2014 in New York City. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80 ft high tridents, the so-called 'Ground Zero Cross,' the destroyed remains of Company 21's New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from a hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum May 15, 2014 in New York City. In the foreground New Jersey first lady Mary Pat Christie puts her hand on the shoulder of her husband, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80 ft high tridents, the so-called 'Ground Zero Cross,' the destroyed remains of Company 21's New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from a hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. (John Munson-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) is greeted by Alson Crowther (C) and Ling Young (L) during the dedication ceremony at the National September 11 Memorial Museum September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80 ft high tridents, the so-called 'Ground Zero Cross,' the destroyed remains of Company 21's New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from the hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. (Photo by Tim Clary-Pool/Getty Images)
New Jersey governor Chris Christie (R) chats with Mayor Bill de Blasio (L) at the dedication of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York, on May 15, 2014. US President Barack Obama inaugurated the museum commemorating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks by Al-Qaeda suicide attackers which killed nearly 2,800 people. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the opening ceremony for the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80 ft high tridents, the so-called 'Ground Zero Cross,' the destroyed remains of Company 21's New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from the hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. (Photo by Tim Clary-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers his remarks during the dedication ceremony in Foundation Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum at ground zero May 15, 2014 in New York City. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80-foot high tridents, the so-called 'Ground Zero Cross,' the destroyed remains of Company 21's New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from a hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. (Photo by Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: Members of the Port Authority Police pause at the Ground Zero memorial site during the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York May 15, 2014 in New York City. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80 ft high tridents, the so-called 'Ground Zero Cross,' the destroyed remains of Company 21's New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from a hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: People watch a live video from the Ground Zero memorial site of the dedication ceremony of the National September 11 Memorial Museum in New York May 15, 2014 in New York City. The museum spans seven stories, mostly underground, and contains artifacts from the attack on the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001 that include the 80 ft high tridents, the so-called 'Ground Zero Cross,' the destroyed remains of Company 21's New York Fire Department Engine as well as smaller items such as letter that fell from a hijacked plane and posters of missing loved ones projected onto the wall of the museum. The museum will open to the public on May 21. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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