- 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
9/11 Attacks - 102 Minutes That Changed AmericaInteractive
9/11 Interactive Maps
9/11 Interactive MapsInteractive
World Trade Center Reborn: Infographic
World Trade Center Reborn: InfographicInteractive
9/11 TimelineVideo Clip (4:54)
Video Clip (4:54)
A timeline of the events on September 11, 2001.
Remembering 9/11: The Elevator Motor
Remembering 9/11: The Elevator MotorVideo Clip (4:36)
Video Clip (4:36)
One man spends his life maintaining the elevators that will one day save the life of another.
Remembering 9/11: The Ground Zero Bible
Remembering 9/11: The Ground Zero BibleVideo Clip (3:58)
Video Clip (3:58)
A Bible found in the rubble of Ground Zero survives in the hands of a photographer.
Remembering 9/11: The Photo Archive
Remembering 9/11: The Photo ArchiveVideo Clip (3:38)
Video Clip (3:38)
A photographer documents the efforts of Ground Zero workers in the days after September 11th.
Rescue and Survival
Rescue and SurvivalVideo Clip (4:21)
Video Clip (4:21)
The remarkable story of a heroic firefighter who survived the collapse of the North Tower.
Making the 9/11 Memorial: The Names
Making the 9/11 Memorial: The NamesVideo Clip (1:26)
Video Clip (1:26)
One of the most difficult issues to resolve in the design of the 9/11 Memorial was how to arrange the names of the victims, which are etched into the bronze parapets that ring the Memorial Pools.
Recovering HistoryVideo Clip (3:16)
Video Clip (3:16)
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.
Carmen and Arturo
Carmen and ArturoVideo Clip (4:27)
Video Clip (4:27)
Carmen and Arturo Griffith operated elevators in the twin towers and struggled to survive the events of 9/11.
Making the 9/11 Memorial: Survivor Tree
Making the 9/11 Memorial: Survivor TreeVideo Clip (1:53)
Video Clip (1:53)
Alice Martin, who lost her husband on September 11, 2001, gets a private tour of the memorial site and learns the story of the Survivor Tree.
Remembering 9/11: Karyn's Wings
Remembering 9/11: Karyn's WingsVideo Clip (4:31)
Video Clip (4:31)
A pair of wings took flight from Arkansas to Afghanistan and carried with them the love of a mourning father.
Rebuilding Ground Zero
Rebuilding Ground ZeroVideo Clip (2:13)
Video Clip (2:13)
Daniel Libeskind tells us his feelings about rebuilding Ground Zero.
Cleanup and Recovery
Cleanup and RecoveryVideo Clip (4:32)
Video Clip (4:32)
Cleanup efforts at Ground Zero included the recovery and preservation of artifacts to be used in museum exhibits around the country.
VolunteersVideo Clip (4:54)
Video Clip (4:54)
Over 10,000 people volunteered to aid workers during the cleanup and recovery of Ground Zero.
How the Towers Collapsed
How the Towers CollapsedVideo Clip (4:33)
Video Clip (4:33)
A brief explanation of why the towers collapsed on 9/11.
9/11: Pedestrians Flee Twin Towers Area
9/11: Pedestrians Flee Twin Towers AreaVideo Clip (1:36)
Video Clip (1:36)
This video clip from "History Uncut" provides a rare, first-hand glimpse into the harrowing experiences from ground zero on September 11, 2001.
Archiving the WTC
Archiving the WTCVideo Clip (2:43)
Video Clip (2:43)
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.
This Day In History: 02/26/1993 - World Trade Center Bombed
This Day In History: 02/26/1993 - World Trade Center BombedVideo Clip (1:03)
Video Clip (1:03)
Russell Mitchell gives us a recap of some of the major historical events that occurred on February 26th in this video clip from This Day in History. From Napoleon Bonaparte, to Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels this date has historical significance.
Design of the Freedom Tower
Design of the Freedom TowerVideo Clip (2:36)
Video Clip (2:36)
David Childs tells us about the Freedom Tower.
Building the Towers
Building the TowersVideo Clip (4:10)
Video Clip (4:10)
A brief history of the conception and creation of the World Trade Center.
Artifacts LostVideo Clip (4:15)
Video Clip (4:15)
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.
Collapse of the North Tower
Collapse of the North TowerVideo Clip (4:43)
Video Clip (4:43)
The fall of the North Tower - and a few of the personal stories from those who escaped those who had loved ones trapped inside.
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.
Brian's StoryVideo Clip (2:14)
Video Clip (2:14)
Brian Lyons went to Ground Zero as a recovery worker and now he is part of the rebuilding project.
Greening Lower Manhattan
Greening Lower ManhattanVideo Clip (4:03)
Video Clip (4:03)
The new 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan is a symbol of modern green engineering.
Larry SilversteinVideo Clip (4:25)
Video Clip (4:25)
Real estate developer Larry Silverstein talks about the rebuilding process.
Time-lapse of WTC Rebirth
Time-lapse of WTC RebirthVideo Clip (3:09)
Video Clip (3:09)
Jim Whitaker and Tom Lappin talk about the techniques they are using to do time lapse photography at Ground Zero.
Security FeaturesVideo Clip (4:40)
Video Clip (4:40)
Architects design the new 7 World Trade Center with security features that reinforce the stability of the structure and safety of workers.
The Window Washer
The Window WasherVideo Clip (4:57)
Video Clip (4:57)
Trapped in an elevator, these three men survived by sheer will-power and quick thinking.
Remembering Anthony Savas
Remembering Anthony SavasVideo Clip (3:26)
Video Clip (3:26)
John Savas remembers his father's sacrifice to save other on 9/11.
Birth of Al Qaeda
Birth of Al QaedaVideo Clip (3:07)
Video Clip (3:07)
The roots of modern day Al Qaeda can be traced back to the Muslim Brotherhood organization that began in Egypt. Find out how Osama Bin Laden made connections to the different leaders who helped him eventually plan and carry out the events of September 11th.
Libeskind's Vision for Ground Zero
Libeskind's Vision for Ground ZeroVideo Clip (3:28)
Video Clip (3:28)
Daniel Libeskind tells us his vision for the site of Ground Zero.
Master Plan for Ground Zero
Master Plan for Ground ZeroVideo Clip (3:37)
Video Clip (3:37)
Architects from all over the world participated in the design of the new World Trade Center site.
Jim Whitaker on Project Rebirth
Jim Whitaker on Project RebirthVideo Clip (2:56)
Video Clip (2:56)
Jim Whitaker tells us what his aspiratons are for Project Rebirth.
Photo Galleries (3)
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.
9/11 at the Pentagon and Flight 93
9/11 at the Pentagon and Flight 93(17 Photos)
On September 11, 2001 a hijacked plane crashed into the side of the Pentagon. Another flight, United 93, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania.
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.
Speeches & Audio (10)
CBS--One World Trade Center is Attacked
CBS--One World Trade Center is AttackedAudio Clip (1:34)
Audio Clip (1:34)
Moments after One World Trade Center is attacked. Courtesy of WCBS Newsradio 880.
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--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.
Second Plane Hits World Trade Center
Second Plane Hits World Trade CenterAudio Clip (0:41)
Audio Clip (0:41)
At 9:02 a.m. on September 11, 2001, air traffic controllers in New York look out their window and witness a plane go into rapid descent and then hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center. It is United Airlines Flight 175, the second plane to hit the towers.
Clinton on the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing
Clinton on the 1993 World Trade Center BombingAudio Clip (1:40)
Audio Clip (1:40)
On February 26, 1993, a truck bomb was detonated inside the parking garage of New York City's World Trade Center, killing six people. The next day, President Bill Clinton reacts to the event in a radio address to the nation.
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--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--North Tower Collapses
CBS--North Tower CollapsesAudio Clip (0:48)
Audio Clip (0:48)
One World Trade Center collapses. Courtesy of WCBS Newsradio 880.
WTOP--Attack on The Pentagon, First Announcemen
WTOP--Attack on The Pentagon, First AnnouncemenAudio Clip (1:41)
Audio Clip (1:41)
First report from Washington, DC radio station, WTOP, on trouble at the Pentagon. Courtesy of WTOP Radio.
KQV--Terrorist Crash Shanksville, PA
KQV--Terrorist Crash Shanksville, PAAudio Clip (3:20)
Audio Clip (3:20)
9/11 broadcast from Pittsburgh radio station, KQV on terrorist crash in Shanksville, PA. Courtesy of KQV Newsradio.
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