This Day in History: Sept. 11

On this day, Sept. 11 ...

2001: America is changed forever when 19 al-Qaeda terrorists, in a coordinated attack, hijack four passenger jetliners, sending two of the planes smashing into New York City's World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the fourth into a field in Shanksville, Pa., resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths. The ramifications of the Sept. 11 terror attacks are still unfolding to this day.

Also on this day:

  • 1776: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Edward Rutledge travel to Staten Island, N.Y., to meet Britain’s Admiral Lord Richard Howe in a bid to negotiate an end to the American Revolution.
  • 1789: Alexander Hamilton is appointed the first secretary of the Treasury. 
  • 1936: Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) begins operation as President Franklin D. Roosevelt presses a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator.
  • 1941: Groundbreaking takes place for the Pentagon.
  • 1962: The Beatles record their first single, "Love Me Do." 
  • 1967: "The Carol Burnett Show" premieres on CBS.
  • 1970:  Ford Motor Co. introduces the Pinto, a compact that would become caught up in controversy over the safety of its gas tank. (The Pinto would be discontinued in 1980.)
  • 1985: Pete Rose breaks the all-time Major League Baseball record for hits with his 4,192nd hit, surpassing Ty Cobb. 
  • 1997: In Scotland, voters approve the establishment of a parliament to run their domestic affairs, after 290 years of union with England.
  • 1998: Congress releases Kenneth Starr's voluminous report that offers graphic details of President Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct and levels accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice; the president's attorneys quickly issue a point-by-point rebuttal.
FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.  (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File)

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012 file photo, glass, debris and overturned furniture are strewn inside a room in the gutted U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, after an attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.  (AP Photo/Ibrahim Alaguri, File) (The Associated Press)

  • 2012: The Benghazi attacks: A mob armed with guns and grenades launches a nightlong attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, Information Officer Sean Smith, and two CIA operatives, Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, both former Navy SEALs.
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