George W. Bush: Address to the Nation on September 11, 2001

(2001)

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At approximately 8:30 in the morning on September 11, 2001, what had begun as a normal day on the sunny East Coast quickly turned into a day of confusion and tragedy. Working in teams, nineteen men hijacked four commercial airliners departing from Logan Airport in Boston; Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.; and Newark International Airport in New Jersey. All of the planes were bound for California.

At 8:46 a.m. hijackers deliberately flew one of the planes into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, though many observers who witnessed the event believed that the crash was a horrible accident. Then, at about 9:03, a second plane crashed into the Trade Center's South Tower—an event that was captured on film by journalists and citizens whose cameras were trained on the North Tower after the first crash. As smoke rose from the burning buildings in Lower Manhattan, at 9:37 a third plane crashed into the west side of the Pentagon building...

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Arist's rendering of the burning World Trade Center towers (Library of Congress)

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