- The 9/11 attacks were focused on New York City and Washington D.C. Roll over the maps to find out more about the buildings and see the path of Flight 93.
New York is a center of the financial world and one of three sites affected by the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people died after two hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center buildings, including the heroic New York City firefighters, police officers, EMS and Port Authority workers who raced to help those trapped in the towers with little regard for their own safety. Today, clean-up and rebuilding of the World Trade Center site is still underway.
Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States and was the second of three targets attacked by terrorists who hijacked several commercial airliners on September 11, 2001. Flight 77, carrying 59 people, crashed into the Pentagon killing everyone on board and more than 100 people on the ground. The Pentagon was largely rebuilt in just one year. A memorial to those who lost their lives will be dedicated on September 11, 2008.
At 8:42 am on September 11, 2001, United Flight 93, carrying 37 passengers and seven crew, took off from New Jersey bound for San Francisco. According to evidence pieced together by the cockpit voice recorder and cell phone calls made by passengers, a small group of passengers and crew, after hearing of the fates of the other flights that morning, decided to rush the cockpit. Soon after, the plane--just 20 minutes flying time out of Washington, D.C.--rolled onto its back and crashed into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
9/11 Interactive Maps
Explore interactive maps of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the path of Flight 93 to get a complete picture of the events of September 11, 2001.
9/11 Attacks - 102 Minutes That Changed America
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World Trade Center Reborn: Infographic
World Trade Center Reborn: InfographicInteractive
9/11 Interactive Maps
9/11 Interactive MapsInteractive
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Ellis Island: Then and NowInteractive
New Year's Facts by the Numbers Infographic
New Year's Facts by the Numbers InfographicInteractive
St. Patrick's Day By the Numbers
St. Patrick's Day By the NumbersInteractive
Deconstructing History: Grand Central Terminal
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Grand Central Terminal is one of America's busiest train stations, with over 700,000 people passing through it every day. Find out more about this iconic landmark.
Deconstructing History: Empire State Building
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The world-famous Empire State Building is a symbol of New York City and one of the world's most popular tourist attractions.
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Get the facts on this iconic New York City landmark.
Deconstructing History: Ellis Island
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Deconstructing History: Statue of Liberty
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Hidden History: Federal Hall
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Did you know that George Washington was sworn in as president at Federal Hall? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Federal Hall.
Hidden History: Foley Square
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Did you know that New York City's Supreme Court is built to float? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Foley Square.
Hidden History: Grand Central Clock
Hidden History: Grand Central ClockVideo Clip (1:48)
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Did you know that Grand Central is home to the largest Tiffany stained glass clock in the world? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Grand Central.
Hidden History: Grand Central Terminal
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Did you know that there is a clock in the middle of Grand Central worth $20 million? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Grand Central Terminal.
Hidden History: Grand Central Underground
Hidden History: Grand Central UndergroundVideo Clip (1:52)
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Did you know that Hitler once sent spies to destroy the Grand Central train system? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of the Grand Central underground.
Hidden History: Madison Square Park
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Did you know that the Statue of Liberty's torch once resided in Madison Square Park? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Madison Square Park.
Hidden History: Park Avenue
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Did you know that Park Avenue used to be a railroad line? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Park Avenue.
Hidden History: Pier 54
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Did you know that Pier 54 once welcomed the survivors of the Titanic? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Pier 54.
Hidden History: Turtle Bay
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Did you know that the United Nations was built on the former site of breweries and slaughterhouses? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Turtle Bay.
Hidden History: Union Square
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Did you know George Washington once rallied his troops at Union Square? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Union Square Park.
Hidden History: Wall Street
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Did you know that Wall Street was named after an actual wall that once stretched across Manhattan? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Wall Street.
Hidden History: Washington Square Park
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Did you know that the park was once a burial ground? Host Brian Unger reveals the hidden history of Washington Square Park.
The Brooklyn Bridge
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Linking the borough of Brooklyn with Manhattan, the Brooklyn Bridge stands as a marvel of engineering.
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Learn how photographer Jacob Riis changed the lives of New York Citiy's poor by exposing how they were forced to live.
The Statue of Liberty
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NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade
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The St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue is a New York City tradition, but did you know the first one was held even before the Declaration of Independence was signed?
Times Square Ball Drop
Times Square Ball DropVideo Clip (3:37)
Video Clip (3:37)
The new year countdown in Times Square includes the iconic ball drop and attracts millions of people each year.
Recovering HistoryVideo Clip (3:16)
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Immediately after the tragic events of September 11th, the nation's historians began a tremendous effort to collect as many objects and lost personal items from the day.
VolunteersVideo Clip (4:54)
Video Clip (4:54)
Over 10,000 people volunteered to aid workers during the cleanup and recovery of Ground Zero.
9/11 TimelineVideo Clip (4:54)
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A timeline of the events on September 11, 2001.
Collapse of the North Tower
Collapse of the North TowerVideo Clip (4:43)
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The fall of the North Tower - and a few of the personal stories from those who escaped those who had loved ones trapped inside.
Master Plan for Ground Zero
Master Plan for Ground ZeroVideo Clip (3:37)
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Architects from all over the world participated in the design of the new World Trade Center site.
Construction at Ground Zero
Construction at Ground ZeroVideo Clip (4:28)
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Construction is underway at the 16-acre World Trade Center site.
Archiving the WTC
Archiving the WTCVideo Clip (2:43)
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A part of the World Trade Center cleanup was organizing all artifacts -- large and small -- in a place big enough to hold everything. Ultimately, the Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island served as the staging are for this work; here is a glimpse of how that was done.
Artifacts LostVideo Clip (4:15)
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The World Trade Center was home to some significant art and cultural collections. This segment from the History special, Relics of the Rubble, recalls these lost treasures.
Design of the Freedom Tower
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David Childs tells us about the Freedom Tower.
Cleanup and Recovery
Cleanup and RecoveryVideo Clip (4:32)
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Cleanup efforts at Ground Zero included the recovery and preservation of artifacts to be used in museum exhibits around the country.
Building the Towers
Building the TowersVideo Clip (4:10)
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A brief history of the conception and creation of the World Trade Center.
Escaping the South Tower
Escaping the South TowerVideo Clip (5:24)
Video Clip (5:24)
The remarkable story of Stanley Praimnath and Brian Clark's escape from the South Tower on 9/11.
Rebuilding Ground Zero
Rebuilding Ground ZeroVideo Clip (2:13)
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Daniel Libeskind tells us his feelings about rebuilding Ground Zero.
Holidays: The Village Halloween Parade
Holidays: The Village Halloween ParadeVideo Clip (2:35)
Video Clip (2:35)
In this History Channel video clip we learn about the New York Village Halloween Parade. Much preparation goes into making all the costumes for the parade through the work of volunteers.
Arrival at Ellis Island
Arrival at Ellis IslandVideo Clip (3:44)
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Seen from inbound ships, the Statue of Liberty was an emotional welcome for immigrants coming to America. Hear from those who remember their first glimpse of this symbol of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Super Cities: New York City
Super Cities: New York CityVideo Clip (9:17)
Video Clip (9:17)
Central Park was intricately designed to fulfill the rural needs of urban dwellers.
Washington Escapes Brooklyn
Washington Escapes BrooklynVideo Clip (2:05)
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As British General William Howe anticipates surrender, General Washington fleas across the East River under cover of darkness.
The New York City Skyline
The New York City SkylineVideo Clip (2:21)
Video Clip (2:21)
Footage of the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty are captured from the water.
On the Road with Libby O'Connell: Turtle Bay, New York City
On the Road with Libby O'Connell: Turtle Bay, New York CityVideo Clip (3:07)
Video Clip (3:07)
Libby goes on a tour of Turtle Bay, one of New York City's most historic districts, and current home to the United Nations.
Mega Disasters: New York City Hurricane
Mega Disasters: New York City HurricaneVideo Clip (2:53)
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What could happen if a massive hurricane made landfall in New York City?
The Gangs of New York City
The Gangs of New York CityVideo Clip (3:28)
Video Clip (3:28)
From the Bowery Boys of the mid-19th century to its various gangs of today, New York City has a long history of gang activity.
This Day in History: 10/27/1904 - New York City Subway Opens
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In this "This Day in History" video clip learn about different events that have occurred on October 27th. Some of the events include DuPont's invention of nylon and Marilyn Monroe divorcing Joe DiMaggio.
Photo Galleries (2)
New York(10 Photos)
New York State is known for iconic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, as well as its diverse natural beauty.
9/11 at the World Trade Center
9/11 at the World Trade Center(18 Photos)
On September 11, 2001 terrorists hijacked planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center's Twin Towers. The towers collapsed and thousands of people were killed.
Speeches & Audio (6)
WPLJ--Two World Trade Center is Hit
WPLJ--Two World Trade Center is HitAudio Clip (2:29)
Audio Clip (2:29)
9/11 broadcast from NYC music radio station, WPLJ, after Two World Trade Center is hit. Courtesy of Scott and Todd in the Morning, 95.5 WPLJ.
CBS--After North Tower Collapse
CBS--After North Tower CollapseAudio Clip (2:34)
Audio Clip (2:34)
Running for safety after One World Trade Center's collapse. Courtesy of WCBS Newsradio 880.
CBS--Lower Manhattan After Terrorist Attack
CBS--Lower Manhattan After Terrorist AttackAudio Clip (1:32)
Audio Clip (1:32)
The scene in downtown Manhattan after the attack on the World Trade Center. Courtesy of WCBS Newsradio 880.
CBS--North Tower Collapses
CBS--North Tower CollapsesAudio Clip (0:48)
Audio Clip (0:48)
One World Trade Center collapses. Courtesy of WCBS Newsradio 880.
CBS--World Trade Center After Attacks
CBS--World Trade Center After AttacksAudio Clip (0:53)
Audio Clip (0:53)
Chaos and confusion at the World Trade Center after the attacks. Courtesy of WCBS Newsradio 880.
Alfred E. Smith on New York
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Audio Clip (2:57)
Alfred Emanuel Smith, four-time governor of New York, speaks fondly of his home state, reflecting on New York's unique place in the history of the United States.
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