Highlight in History
On Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 people were killed on America’s worst day of terrorism as 19 al-Qaida terrorists hijacked four passenger jetliners. Two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Center, causing the twin towers to fall; one plowed into the Pentagon; and the fourth was crashed into a field in western Pennsylvania.
On this date
In 1777, during the American Revolution, forces under Gen. George Washington were defeated by the British in the Battle of Brandywine.
In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.
In 1941, groundbreaking took place for the Pentagon, now headquarters of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Ten years ago
With words of comfort and resolve, President George W. Bush joined the nation in remembering “how it began and who fell first” in the terrorist attacks of one year earlier. Defiant Palestinian legislators forced the resignation of Yasser Arafat’s 21-member Cabinet. Death claimed actress Kim Hunter at age 79 and football Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas at age 69.
Five years ago
Russian state television reported that Russia’s military had successfully tested what it described as the world’s most powerful non-nuclear air-delivered bomb, nicknamed the “dad of all bombs.” A militant group called Islamic Jihad Union claimed responsibility for foiled bombings that targeted Ramstein U.S. Air Base as well as U.S. and Uzbek consulates in Germany. A new Osama bin Laden videotape was released on the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. China signed an agreement to prohibit the use of lead paint on toys exported to the United States.
One year ago
The nation, and the world, paused to remember the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In New York, a tree-covered memorial plaza at ground zero opened to the families of the victims for the first time. President Barack Obama, after visiting the sites where terrorists struck, declared: “It will be said of us that we kept that faith; that we took a painful blow, and emerged stronger.”
Australian Sam Stosur beat Serena Williams, pulling off a 6-2, 6-3 upset in the U.S. Open for her first Grand Slam title.
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Deadly excursion: sightseeing train, truck collide
Authorities say the driver who died when his log truck collided with a train carrying 63 sightseers and four crewmembers on a fall foliage trek amid West Virginia’s mountains apparently ran through crossing signals that were still flashing when they arrived.
Syrian rebels launch broadest push yet for Aleppo
Rebels on Friday pressed their broadest assault yet to drive President Bashar Assad’s forces out of Syria’s largest city, activists said, with fierce fighting erupting in an Aleppo neighborhood that is home to Kurds, an ethnic minority that has mostly stayed out of the civil war.
Today in History for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012
Today is Tuesday, Sept. 11, the 255th day of 2012. There are 111 days left in the year. This is Patriot Day.
Witness to border shooting testifies to grand jury
A man who saw an illegal immigrant from Mexico get shot with a stun gun by U.S. border authorities said he testified Thursday to a federal grand jury amid signs that prosecutors are considering criminal charges in the immigrant’s death after more than two years of silence on the politically charged case.
Fredrick Donald “Fred” Atkins
Fredrick Donald “Fred” Atkins, 66, of Nashville, died Monday Dec. 1, 2011 at Emory University Hospital.
Weiner seeks leave of absence from House
Under fierce pressure from fellow Democrats to resign in a sexting scandal, Rep. Anthony Weiner announced Saturday he was entering professional treatment at an undisclosed location and requested a leave of absence from Congress.
Ex-chair of civil rights group indicted in Ohio
The former national chairman of an Atlanta-based civil rights organization was indicted Wednesday in Ohio on 51 charges that include grand theft, forgery and tampering with government records.
- Deadly excursion: sightseeing train, truck collide