The Events of September 11, 2001

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Collapse of One World Trade Center ‎(North Tower)‎
One World Trade Center (“north tower” as people say today) collapses

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On September 11, 2001 a group of hijackers linked to the Al Qaeda movement seized control of four airline flights leaving Boston Logan and New York/Newark Liberty airports. These hijackers used the planes as missiles, flying two of them into the 107-story World Trade Center towers in New York City. Another was crashed into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States military in Virginia, near Washington, DC. It is believed that the fourth plane was intended to be crashed into the White House, but passengers on that flight apparently struggled with the hijackers and it crashed in a field in western Pennsylvania.

All passengers on the four flights died, 246 total. 125 people died in the crash at the Pentagon, including 55 military personnel. In New York, 2,606 people died, including 343 New York City Firefighters, 60 Police Officers (both New York City and Port Authority) and 15 Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. Both towers of the World Trade Center, New York’s tallest buildings and the second tallest buildings in the United States collapsed. People from more than 90 nations, and members of almost every religion, died in the attacks in New York, including over two dozen Muslims.

The resulting fire destroyed the entire seven building World Trade Center complex, plus a number of nearby buildings. The lower third of Manhattan Island was covered with dust and debris which required months of clean up.

The attacks of September 11, 2001 represented the deadliest foreign assault on the United States since the War of 1812, and set the course for many of the controversies of the next decade. In the two years after the attacks the United States invaded Iraq and Afghanistan, and still has many troops in both nations ten years later. These events altered other things within America, from air travel to the privacy of communications.

Links to begin with...

The New York Times website September 11, 2001

Photographers’ Journal - A Wounded City - The New York Times

Three Years Later - Remembering September 11th - The New York Times

A Marked Man in America - The New York Times

The rhythm of the phrase “9/11” - The New York Times

The World Trade Center: timeline from The New York Times

The World Trade Center in the Beginning from The New York Times

Children's Stories of 9/11

FEMA for Kids - 9/11

A Visit to the World Trade Center (with music)

In and Around the World Trade Center (1998)
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