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

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

See photos of the September 11th Memorial Museum: