What Happened on September 9, 2001

Historical Events

Television Premiere

"Band of Brothers" based on book by Stephen E. Ambrose, created by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks premieres, then most expensive miniseries ever made

  • At 01:46:40 UTC the time on the Unix clock in milliseconds passes 1 billion since January 1, 1970, which Unix systems recognize as zero-time

Historic Event

Two al-Qaeda linked suicide bombers disguised as journalists kill Northern Alliance leader Ahmad Shah Massoud by detonating explosives hidden in a camera and a battery-pack belt while interviewing him in Takhar Province, northeastern Afghanistan

US Men's Tennis Open

US Open Men's Tennis: Lleyton Hewitt of Australia becomes youngest (20) world #1 player; beats Pete Sampras 7-6, 6-1, 6-1

Famous Deaths

Ahmad Shah MassoudAhmad Shah Massoud (1953-2001)

Afghan political and military leader who fought the Soviet Union and led the Northern Alliance against the Taliban, assassinated at 48 in northeastern Afghanistan by al Qaeda-linked suicide bombers disguised as journalists

2001 Highlights

About September 9, 2001

Day of the Week: Sunday
How Long Ago? 21 years, 2 months and 17 days
Leap Year: No

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

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