September 11 - 2001 - The September 11 Attacks
When 19 terrorists hijacked four separate commercial flights, no one assumed they were going to commit a terrorist attack. Then, to the horror of the whole world, the hijackers steered the planes into the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Western Pennsylvania. In all, the September 11 attacks would be the deadliest terror attack in world history and a moment that changed history. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center would eventually collapse, creating massive destruction, not long after they were hit. In total, almost 3,000 people would be killed in the attacks, with nearly incalculable economic and property damage. Planes were grounded for days, the financial center of America was shut down, and buildings in Lower Manhattan besides the World Trade Center complex were destroyed. It became clear that the attackers were connected to al Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden. The September 11 attacks immediately led to the global War on Terror, beginning in trying to track down bin Laden in Afghanistan. Additionally, the government and society of America would be transformed. Eventually, the Bush administration would launch the Iraq War, while the way people lived, traveled, and behaved was forever changed.