Looking Back to Sept. 11, 2001

The nation — and the world — changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001 (search). Nearly 3,000 people died in a coordinated terrorist attack that brought down four airplanes, destroyed the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon. Click on the various items below and to the side for stories, photo essays, interactives and video.

Photo Essays
Terrorism Hits America
Attack on the World Trade Center
Attack on the Pentagon
Back to Work
View from Above
America Rallies
Searching for Life
World Trade Center: On the Street

Graphic: WTC Layout


Interactive: Sept. 11 Flights' Paths

Background Information
• Contact Information Related to Attacks on U.S.
• World Trade Center Facts
• Boeing 767 Specifications
• Boeing 757 Specifications
• Terrorist Attack Victims
• World Trade Center Tenants
• History of Relations Between U.S. and Saudi Arabia

Story Archive: The First Week

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001
• Planes Crash Into World Trade Center, Pentagon
• Hijacked Planes Used to Attack New York, Washington
• WTC Attack to Cost Insurers Billions

• Oil Prices Surge After Terror Attacks
• All U.S. Financial Markets Closed
• Dismal Year for Airlines Seems Certain

• Arafat Horrified by Attacks, but Thousands of Palestinians Celebrate
• Europe Markets Plunge After Attacks

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001

• Suburbs Feel Terrorism Tremor
• Key Data Lost in Attack but Seen Regained
• Trade Center Tenants Try to Account for Workers

• Hollywood Lights Dim After Attack
• Budget Fight Wanes Over Social Security
• FBI Looks at Bin Laden's Strong Ties to Boston
• Financial System Operating Despite Attack
• Airline Flights, and Everyday Life, Still on Hold
• FAA Allows Diverted Flights to Resume; All Other Planes Grounded
• Recession a Real Possibility

• NATO: U.S. Can Demand Military Assistance From Allies
• IMF: Limited Economic Impact After Attack
• U.N. Workers Leave Afghanistan Following Terror Attack on U.S.
• Dollar Barely Traded in Tokyo After Blasts


Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001
• False Hope Temporarily Buoys Rescuers at World Trade Center
• Eyewitness to Terror
• Bush Speaks With Giuliani, Pataki
• Insurers Fret Over Who Pays for Disaster

• Airlines Face Staggering Losses
• Economists: Attacks Render Friday's Data Moot
• Terrorist Attacks May Stun Shoppers
• America Cautiously Tries to Get Back on Track
• Bond Trading Resumes; Stocks Remain on Hold
• Americans Share a Voice Online
• $40 Billion Likely From Congress
• Stock Markets to Reopen Amid Hopes of New Fed Cut
• CBS, NBC Delay Fall Season
• Spears Cancels Promotion

• Bin Laden Went On Move Immediately After Attacks
• Palestinian Officials Quash Pictures of Arab Celebrations
• One Arrested, Others Detained at NY Airports
• U.N. Workers Leave Afghanistan

Friday, Sept. 14, 2001
• A Sister's Search For a Missing Brother
• Grief at Cantor Fitzgerald, Relief at Morgan Stanley

• Developer Urges WTC Be Rebuilt
• One Arrested, Others Detained at N.Y. Airports

• Airlines Resume Business Amid Gloomy Forecasts
• Rally Around the Economy, as Well as the Flag
• Text of the Joint Resolution Authorizing the Use of Force
• A Heartbroken Nation Remembers, Weeps

• Taliban Defiance Hits Dollar

Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001
• Memorial Candles to Light Up the Skies
• Family Center a Ground Zero of Hope and Emotion

• Hopes Hinge on Black Boxes Retrieved in Pa., D.C.

• New York City to Issue $2.5B in Notes 
• Twin Towers Truly a World Trade Center 

• Stock Markets to Reopen Monday Amid Hopes of New Fed Cut 
• Continental Lays Off 12,000, Cuts Schedule 
• Stock Markets Set to Reopen Monday After Successful Tests 
• Embattled Airlines to Hold Crisis Talks With White House 

Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001
• Polls Show Americans Rallying Behind Bush, War
• Fox News Sunday: New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

• Pakistan to Taliban: Hand Over Bin Laden
• Terror Groups Met Twice to Plot New Holy War Against U.S., Israel
• An Elusive Warlord's Deadly 'Sleepers' 

Monday, Sept. 17, 2001

• New York Goes Back to Work

• Dow Posts Largest Point Drop Ever, But No Panic
• Flag-Waiving Officials Quickly Reverse Themselves Following Complaints
• U.S. Tries to Return to Normal But Will Never Be the Same
• Environmentalists Zip Criticism of Bush in Wake of Terrorist Attacks
• Michael Jackson to Record Benefit Song
• Bush Wants Bin Laden, Dead or Alive
• Fed Cuts Rate by 1/2 Point
• Wall Street Prepares to Reopen, 6 Days After Terror Attack
• Airline, Travel Stocks Take a Shellacking
• Humor Muted in Wake of Attacks
• The O'Reilly Factor: Talking Points: Turning to God
• Americans United as New Week Begins
• Neil Cavuto: Washington to the Rescue?