What Happened on September 11, 2001

Historical Events

Historic Event

Attempt by passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 to retake control of their hijacked plane from terrorists causes plane to crash in Pennsylvania field killing all 64 people on board

  • Betty Farmer, American jazz and cabaret singer, killed in World Trade Center attack at 62

Album Release

Jay-Z releases his album "Blueprint" featuring contributions by Eminem and Kanye West

  • Terrorists hijack a passenger plane and crash it into the Pentagon causing the deaths of 125 people

9/11 Attack on New York's World Trade Towers

Two passenger planes hijacked by Al Qaeda terrorists crash into New York's World Trade Towers causing the collapse of both and deaths of 2,606 people


Famous Deaths

  • Alice Stewart Trillin, American author, dies at 63
  • Angel L. Juarbe, Jr., American firefighter, dies in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center at 35
  • Barbara Olson (née Bracher), American political commentator, dies in terror attack aboard flight 77 flown into the Pentagon at 45
  • Berinthia "Berry" Berenson, American photographer, actress, model, and widow of actor Anthony Perkins, dies on American Airlines Flight 11 in the 9/11 attacks at 53
  • Daniel M. Lewin, American–Israeli mathematician and founder of Akamai Technologies, dies in the terror attacks aboard flight 11 at 31
  • David Angell, American sitcom creator (Frazier), dies aboard a plane in a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center at 55
  • Hani Hanjour, Saudi Arabian 9/11 terrorist, dies in Pentagon plane attack at 29
  • Henry Herbert, 7th earl of Carnarvon, English peer and racing manager to the Queen, dies of a heart attack at 77
  • John Ogonowski, American pilot, dies aboard American Airlines Flight 11 in terror attack on the World Trade Center at 50
  • John P. O'Neill, American anti-terrorism expert and FBI agent, dies as Head of Security in the terror attack on the World Trade Center at 49
  • Mark Bingham, American passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, dies thwarting terrorist attempts to crash the plane into a Washington monument at 31
  • Marwan Al-Shehhi, Emirati 9/11 terrorist, dies piloting a plane into the World Trade Center at 23
  • Mohamed Atta, Egyptian 9/11 terrorist and ringleader, dies piloting a plane into the World Trade Center at 33
  • Mychal F. Judge, American Chaplain to NY Fire Dept, dies in the World Trade Center attack at 68
  • Peter J. Ganci, Jr., American Fire fighter (Chief of Department, FDNY_, dies in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center at 55

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American passenger and hero on United Airlines Flight 93, dies at 32 in a plane crash trying to stop the 9/11 terrorists

  • Tom Burnett, American businessman and passenger aboard United 93, dies thwarting terrorist attempts to crash the plane into a Washington monument at 38
  • Ziad Jarrah, Lebanese 9/11 terrorist, dies piloting United Flight 93 at 26
2001 Highlights

About September 11, 2001

Day of the Week: Tuesday
How Long Ago? 21 years, 2 months and 19 days
Leap Year: No

Generation: Generation Z
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Star Sign: Virgo

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