New York Slideshow: 9/11 and After

Aug. 24 1997

Manhattan skyline including the World Trade Center Aug. 24, 1997.

Eight years before the 9/11 attacks, Kuwati Ramzi Yousef with the help of a group of conspirators detonated a more than 1,000 lb car bomb on Feb. 26, 1993 in the parking garage of the North Tower. The explosion killed six people and injured 1,042 and the blast crater measured 130 feet wide and 150 long. The blast released a significant amount of smoke up the North Tower, but the damage was fixed and was not a major concern to the building's infrastructure.

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Sept. 11, 2001

The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn after hijacked planes crashed into them in New York on Sept. 11, 2001

Some of the 9/11 hijackers took flight training and learned how to fly commercial jetliners.

Sept. 11, 2001

People flee lower Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, following a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Lead hijacker Mohammed Atta telephoned plotter Ramzi Binalshibh on Aug. 29, 2001 with a riddle to solve: "Two sticks, a dash and a cake with a stick down -- what is it?" Binalshibh decoded the message to mean that the two sticks represented the number "11" and the cake with a stick down as the number "9." It is not uncommon to write a date in which the day precedes the month -- 11-9, or the 11th of September.

Sept. 11, 2001

In this Sept. 11, 2001 , people covered in dust walk over debris near the World Trade Center in New York

The 19 hijackers boarded four commercial airliners early Tuesday morning at Boston, Newark, N.J. and the District of Columbia.

Sept. 11, 2001

The remains of the World Trade Center stands amid the debris following the terrorist attack on the building in New York in this Sept. 11, 2001, Steel pieces from the building are being sent around the country to be part of memorials, one of which will be in Wauseon, Ohio

At 8:46 a.m. EDT American Airlines flight 11 slammed into the North Tower (1 World Trade Center).

Sept. 11, 2001

In this Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, Chief of Staff Andy Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush to give him word of the plane crashes at the World Trade Center, during a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla

At 9:03 a.m. EDT United Airlines flight 175 struck the South Tower (2 World Trade Center).


Firefighters Raise the American Flag at Ground Zero (2001)

After the second tower was hit in New York City, Chief of Staff Andrew Card whispered into President George W. Bush's ear: "A second plane hit the second tower. America is under attack."

September 13, 2001

Rescue workers sift through the wreckage of the World Trade Center September 13, 2001 in New York City, two days after two hijacked airplanes slammed into the twin towers, leveling them in an alleged terrorist attack

American Airlines flight 77 struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m. EDT. The attack at the Pentagon killed 184 people.

September 13. 2001

The New York Stock Exchange, at the corner of Wall and Broad Streets, is deserted aside from emergency personnel September 13. 2001 in New York City. Key U.S. stock markets will remain closed for a third consecutive day Thursday as New York's financial district works to recover from the brutal terrorist attack on the World Trade Center

It was reported that a fourth airplane, United Airlines flight 93, crashed in a field near Shanksville, Pa. after its passengers had learned of attacks in New York and Washington D.C. and tried to defeat the terrorists who had taken control of their jet. The 40 passengers on United 93 died.

Sept 10, 2002

The sun sets on the former site of the World Trade Center September 10, 2002 in New York City. Work continues at Ground Zero in preparation for the one year anniversary memorial of the terror attacks on the twin towers

The South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. EDT on Tuesday Sept. 11, 2001.

September 11, 2002.

U.S. President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush pass uniformed police as they enter a Ground Zero ceremony marking the anniversary of the terrorist attacks September 11, 2002.

The North Tower toppled 29 minutes after the first tower. About 2,750 people died in New York that day. A total count of some 3,000 perished in the events of 9/11.

Sept. 11. 2006

The "'Tribute in Light" illuminates the sky over the World Trade Center site Sept. 11, 2006, in New York City. The temporary memorial to those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, returned to mark the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The editor of the French newspaper Le Monde delivered a front-page editorial on Sept. 12, 2001, headlined "We are all Americans Now."

Sept. 5, 2007

Graffiti is seen reading "Never Forget 9-11-01" near the World Trade Center site on Sept. 5, 2007, in New York City. The sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks is Tuesday.

On Sept. 13, British Queen Elizabeth II had her troops play The Star Spangled Banner in an unprecedented gesture during the centuries-old tradition of the Changing of the Guard.

May 1, 2011

In this image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to diffuse the paper in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in Washington

Officials started to call the area where the World Trade Towers had collapsed in Lower Manhattan "Ground Zero." President Bush visited Ground Zero on Sept. 14 to give a speech, but at one point a worker in the crowd shouted that he could not hear the U.S. leader. "I can hear you. The rest of the world hears you. And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon," Bush responded. Bush's approval rating jumped to 90% shortly after the terrorist attacks.

May 2, 2011

With the new One World Trade Center building in the background at left, a large, jubilant crowd reacts to the news of Osama Bin Laden's death at the corner of Church and Vesey Streets, adjacent to Ground Zero, during the early morning hours of Tuesday, May 2, 2011, in New York.

The New York Stock Exchange closed from Sept. 11 through Sept. 14 and reopened at 9:33 a.m. EDT on Sept.17 after the floor observed two minutes of silence and sang God Bless America, according to

Aug. 12, 2011

Construction continues on One World Trade Center (tallest building at right) as the memorial footprints of the Twin Towers are seen on Aug. 12, 2011, in New York City. Upon completion, One World Trade Center will be New York's tallest skyscraper, topping out at a symbolic 1,776 feet, with 3 million square feet of office space. More than 2,700 people were killed when al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked U.S. passenger jets and flew them into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Nearly 10 years after the crippling attacks on Lower Manhattan, business, tourism and new construction like One World Trade Center have rejuvenated the formerly devastated cityscape.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization launched for the first time in its history an attack of collective self-defense against Afghanistan on Oct. 7. The NYSE observed a minute of silence in honor of the troops engaged in Operation Enduring Freedom at the open on Oct. 8.

Aug. 24, 2011

The skyscraper called Four World Trade Center, center, is rising above the September 11 Memorial and Museum, bottom center, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011, in New York. Developer Larry Silverstein is constructing Four WTC and two additional towers at the site

On May 30, 2002, the NYSE observed two minutes of silence from 10:29 to 10:31 a.m. EDT to commemorate the end of recovery work at Ground Zero.

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