September 911 Remembrance Day
When : September 11th
I doubt anyone will ever forget where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001, when they heard of the attacks on the twin World Trade Towers in NYC and the Pentagon in Washington. This horrible and tragic day is etched forever in our memories.
Like the attack on Pearl Harbor that brought us into World War II, the 911 attacks led us into a new war... the war on terrorism. It also touched and changed forever, the lives of each and every American.
On the anniversary of 911, we encourage you to spend a few minutes reflecting upon this event, and praying for the victims who died, and their families and friends.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen Islamic al-Qaeda militants hijacked four planes. The hijackings occurred from Boston, Newark and Washington airports. The planes selected were long distance flights, which would have more fuel in the tanks.
One plane each hit the north and south towers of the World Trade Center in New York city. The planes and engulfing firestorm, ultimately brought down both towers.
A number of other buildings were also damaged or destroyed. Most notably was the Marriott hotel, which was also destroyed.
A third plane hit the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
The fourth hijacked plane ultimately crashed in a field in Shanksville, PA. Passengers on the plane learned of the fate of the other planes, and unsuccessfully attempted to take back control of the plane from the suicidal the hijackers. Everyone aboard died.
In total, thousands were killed.
Total Victim: 2977
Victims in the towers: 2606
Pentagon victims: 125
4th plane, crashed in PA: 40
# Militants: 19
Deaths included Americans and citizens from many other countries.
This Day in History September 11th
Battle of Stirling Bridge: Scots jointly-led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray defeat the English. (1297)
Henry Hudson discovers Manhattan Island and the indigenous people living there. (1609)
Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec leaves Cambridge, Massachusetts. (1775)
British-American peace conference on Staten Island fails to stop nascent American Revolutionary War. (1776)
American Revolution: Battle of Brandywine – The British celebrate a major victory in Chester County, Pennsylvania. (1777)
Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first United States Secretary of the Treasury. (1789)
The Hope Diamond is stolen along with other French crown jewels when six men break into the house used to store them. (1792)
War of 1812: British troops arrive in Mount Vernon and prepare to march to and invade Washington, D.C.. (1813)
War of 1812: The climax of the Battle of Plattsburgh, a major United States victory in the war. (1814)
Capt. William Morgan arrested in Batavia, New York for debt. This sets into motion the events that lead to his mysterious disappearance. (1826)
Surrender of the expedition led by Isidro Barradas at Tampico, sent by the Spanish crown in order to retake Mexico. This was the final consummation of Mexican independence. (1829)
Anti-Masonic Party convention; one of the first American political party conventions. (1830)
Stephen Foster's well-known song, "Oh! Susanna", is first performed at a saloon in Pittsburgh. (1847)
The Mountain Meadows massacre: Mormon settlers and Paiutes massacre 120 pioneers at Mountain Meadows, Utah. (1857)
Parliament of the World's Religions opened in Chicago, where Swami Vivekananda delivers his famous speech on fanaticism, tolerance and the truth inherent in all religions. (1893)
The first race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin is held. It is the oldest major speedway in the world. (1903)
U.S. Marines invade Honduras. (1919)
Nahalal, the first moshav in Palestine, is settled as part of a Zionist plan to colonize Palestine and creating a Jewish state, later to be Israel. (1921)
Ground is broken for the construction of The Pentagon. (1941)
Charles Lindbergh's Des Moines Speech accusing the British, Jews and the Roosevelt administration of pressing for war with Germany. (1941)
World War II: Start of the liquidation of the Ghettos in Minsk and Lida by the Nazis. (1943)
World War II: The first Allied troops of the U.S. Army cross the western border of Germany. (1944)
World War II: RAF bombing raid on Darmstadt and the following firestorm kill 11,500. (1944)
World War II: Australian 9th Division forces liberate the Japanese-run Batu Lintang camp, a POW and civilian internment camp on the island of Borneo. (1945)
Hurricane Edna hits New England as a Category 3 hurricane, causing significant damage and 29 deaths. (1954)
Hurricane Carla strikes the Texas coast as a Category 4 hurricane, the second strongest storm ever to hit the state. (1961)
The Dawson's Field hijackers release 88 of their hostages. The remaining hostages, mostly Jews and Israeli citizens, are held until September 25 (1970)
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system has its opening day of passenger service. (1972)
A group of Croatian nationalists planted a bomb in a coin locker at Grand Central Terminal. After stating political demands, they revealed the location and provided instructions for disarming the bomb. The disarming operation was not executed properly, killing one NYPD bomb squad specialist. (1976)
Janet Parker is the last person to die of smallpox, in a laboratory-associated outbreak. (1978)
The international forces that were guaranteeing the safety of Palestinian refugees following Israel's 1982 Invasion of Lebanon leave Beirut. Five days later, several thousand refugees are massacred in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. (1982)
Pete Rose breaks Ty Cobb's baseball record for most career hits with his 4,192nd hit (1985)
NASA's Mars Global Surveyor reaches Mars. (1997)
Two hijacked aircraft crash into the World Trade Center in New York City, while a third smashes into The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and a fourth into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in a series of coordinated suicide attacks by members of Al Qaeda. Altogether, 2,996 people are killed. (2001)
Russia tests the largest conventional weapon ever, the Father of All Bombs. (2007)
The first day of a series of protests and attacks; in which the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya is attacked, resulting in four deaths, including J. Christopher Stevens, the United States Ambassador to Libya. (2012)