Timeline of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on US homeland

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By EMILY CEGIELSKI

September 11, 2001 is a date that will forever be burned into the collective American psyche. Everyone who was old enough to remember the day can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when they found out our nation had been attacked on U.S. soil.

Almost 3,000 people were killed in the series of coordinated attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda. According to the New York Times, al-Qaeda spent roughly half a million dollars to send 19 terrorists on suicide missions, hijacking four airplanes and ultimately costing the United States over $3.3 trillion. To date, the tragedy is considered the deadliest incident for firefighters and for law enforcement officers in the history of the U.S.

As America marks 13 years since the terrorist attacks, we decided to take a look back at the developments leading up to the hijackings with a minute-by-minute timeline of events on the day of 9/11, and the actions that took place in the weeks following.

Click through our timeline of the September 11, 2001 attacks below:



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Timeline of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on US homeland

President George W. Bush participates in a reading demonstration the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla.

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As Dan Bartlett, Deputy Assistant to the President, points to news footage of the World Trade Center, President George W. Bush gathers information about the terrorist attack from a classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. Also pictured from left are: Deborah Loewer, Director of White House Situation Room, and Senior Adviser Karl Rove.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush watches television coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center during a briefing in a classroom at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush takes notes as he listens to news coverage of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, during a visit to Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla.

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President George W. Bush consults with senior staff Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at Emma E Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. Senior staff include, from left: Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary; Dan Bartlett, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Karl Rove, Senior Adviser.

(US National Archives)

Surrounded by his staff, President George W. Bush calls New York Governor George Pataki, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. Pictured from left are: Andy Card, White House Chief of Staff; Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary, and Dan Bartlett, Deputy Assistant to the President.

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President George W. Bush calls New York Governor George Pataki, FBI Director Robert Mueller and Vice President Dick Cheney Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla. White House Chief of Staff Andy Card talks on a cell phone.

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President George W. Bush confers with staff members at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. Senior Staff include, from left: Gordon Johndroe, Assistant Press Secretary; Karl Rove, Senior Adviser; Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary; Dan Bartlett, Deputy Assistant to the President; Andy Card, White House Chief of Staff, and Deborah Loewer, Director of White House Situation Room.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush delivers remarks to the nation regarding the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil from Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.

(US National Archives)

A highway sign reads, "All Crossings to New York Closed" Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

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Smoke rises from the site of the World Trade Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush watches television coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from his office aboard Air Force One.

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President George W. Bush confers with White House Chief of Staff Andy Card in the President's stateroom aboard Air Force One.

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President George W. Bush speaks with White House Chief of Staff Andy Card Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, aboard Air Force One.

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President George W. Bush confers with staff via telephone from his office aboard Air Force One during the flight from Sarasota to Barksdale Air Force Base.

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President George W. Bush confers with staff via telephone from his office aboard Air Force One during the flight from Sarasota to Barksdale Air Force Base.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush talks on the telephone as senior staff huddle in his office aboard Air Force One.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush and his staff look out the windows of Air Force One at their F-16 escort Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, while en route to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. Pictured from left are: Andy Card, White House Chief of Staff; Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary; Blake Gottesman, Personal Aide to the President; Karl Rove, Senior Adviser; Deborah Loewer, Director of White House Situation Room, and Dan Bartlett, Deputy Assistant to the President.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush confers with, from left, Karl Rove, Andy Card, Dan Bartlett and Ari Fleischer, prior to delivering remarks on the World Trade Center disaster from the General Dougherty Conference Center at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush delivers remarks on the terrorist attacks Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana, before departing for Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush arrives at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush, Admiral Richard Mies, left, and White House Chief of Staff Andy Card conduct a video teleconference Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001, at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

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President George W. Bush, White House Chief of Staff Andy Card, left, and Adm. Richard Mies conduct a video teleconference at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush and Harriet Miers Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, aboard Air Force One.

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President George W. Bush speaks with Ari Fleischer, left, and Karl Rove aboard Air Force One during the flight from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base.

(US National Archives)

After departing Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska for Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush talks on the phone with Vice President Dick Cheney from Air Force One.

(US National Archives)

An F-16 escorts Air Force One Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base.

(US National Archives)

As President George W. Bush returns to Washington, D.C. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, Marine One prepares to land on the South Lawn of the White House.

(US National Archives)

National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice waits at the South Portico for President George W. Bush to arrive at the White House Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

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Counselor Karen Hughes and Counsel Alberto Gonzales wait on the Colonnade for President George W. Bush to arrive at the White House Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.

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Counselor Karen Hughes and Counsel Alberto Gonzales follow President George W. Bush into the Oval Office after his return to the White House.

(US National Archives)

Working with his senior staff, President George W. Bush reviews the speech that he will deliver to the nation from the Oval Office the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. Pictured from left are: Alberto Gonzales, White House Counsel; Karen Hughes, Counselor; Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser; Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary, and Andy Card, Chief of Staff.

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Working with his senior staff, President George W. Bush reviews the speech that he will deliver to the nation the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from the Oval Office. Pictured from left are: Alberto Gonzales, White House Counsel; Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser; Karen Hughes, Counselor; Ari Fleischer, Press Secretary, and Andy Card, Chief of Staff.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush talks with Vice President Dick Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, after returning to the White House from Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Neb.

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Mrs. Laura Bush listens Tuesday, September 11, 2001, as President George W. Bush discusses the terrorist attacks with White House staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center. Also pictured from left are: Vice President Dick Cheney, Andy Card, and Condoleezza Rice.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush talk with Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice Tuesday, September 11, 2001, in the President's Emergency Operations Center.

(US National Archives)

After returning to the White House, President George W. Bush meets with from left: Vice President Dick Cheney; Chief of Staff Andy Card; Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser; and Special Agent Carl Truscott of the U.S. Secret Service in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center of the White House.

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President George W. Bush looks over a brief with White House staff outside the Oval Office.

(US National Archives)

White House Chief of Staff Andy Card and Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta confer in the Roosevelt Room of the White House Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, prior to President George W. Bush's Address to the Nation from the Oval Office.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush reviews notes with Karen Hughes before addressing the nation from the Oval Office.

(US National Archives)

President George W. Bush delivers his Address to the Nation Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, from the Oval Office.

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President George W. Bush confers with Karen Hughes and Dan Bartlett outside the Oval Office after delivering his Address to the Nation.

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After addressing the nation, President George W. Bush meets with his National Security Council in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center of the White House.

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