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Check Six – 2001: The Attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City

September 11, 2021

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the attacks

on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon

From the Britannica website

September 11 attacks, also called 9/11 attacks, series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda against targets in the United States, the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil in U.S. history. The attacks against New York City and Washington, D.C., caused extensive death and destruction and triggered an enormous U.S. effort to combat terrorism. Some 2,750 people were killed in New York, 184 at the Pentagon, and 40 in Pennsylvania (where one of the hijacked planes crashed after the passengers attempted to retake the plane); all 19 terrorists died (see Researcher’s Note: September 11 attacks). Police and fire departments in New York were especially hard-hit: hundreds had rushed to the scene of the attacks, and more than 400 police officers and firefighters were killed.

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Britannica’s video on the timeline of the attacks on the World Trade Center


The first plane, American Airlines flight 11, crashed in the north tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46:40 EST (3:46:40 HST). The second plane, United Airlines flight 175, struck the south tower 17 minutes later.

Do you remember
where you were when you learned of the attack?

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