Six years ago was a Tuesday, just like today

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Six years ago today, September 11, 2001, was a Tuesday as well.

We can all remember where we were when the news began arriving, by television, radio and Internet:

8:45 a.m., Eastern Daylight Time, 92 people die as American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.

9:03 a.m., viewers watching the north tower burn are shocked to see United Airlines Flight 175, bound from Boston to Los Angeles, fly into the south tower of the World Trade Center.

9:31 a.m., after the infamous scene where he read "The Pet Goat" to young students, President George Bush pledges the United States will hunt down the guilty parties.

9:40 a.m., 64 people die when American Flight 77, enroute from Dulles Airport in Washington to Los Angeles, crashes into the Pentagon. The full impact that the attack is not yet over begins to sink in.

9:48 a.m., officials evacuate the U.S. Capitol and the White House's West Wing.

9:48 a.m., the Federal Aviation Administration bans all aircraft takeoffs in the United States, and airplanes are ordered to land. Skies become clear and quiet for the first time in decades.

9:50 a.m., the south tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

9:58 a.m., an emergency operator in Pennsylvania receives a call fromm a passenger aboard United Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco, with 45 people aboard, saying the plane was being hijacked.

10 a.m., the plane crashes 80 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Many guess, correctly, that passengers fought back against the terrorists.

10:29 a.m., the north tower of the World Trade Center collapses.

11 a.m., New York City Mayor Rudolph Giulliani orders lower Manhattan evacuated.

11:40 a.m., with the U.S. military on nuclear alert, the president is taken to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

1:20 p.m., Bush boards Air Force One for Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha.

2:51 p.m., the U.S. military deploys missile destroyers and equipment in New York and Washington.

5:20 p.m., another World Trade Center building collapses.

7 p.m., Bush arrives in Washington.

8:31 p.m., Bush, in an address to the nation, vows to punish "evil acts."

Six years. A lifetime ago, yet as fresh as yesterday.

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