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September 11, 2012

Today in History for Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012

-- — 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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