Timeline for September following the September 11 attacks

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This article summarizes the events in the remaining days of September 2001 following the September 11 attacks which relate to the attacks. All times, except where otherwise noted, are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), or UTC−04:00.

September 2001[edit]

Tuesday, September 11[edit]

Wednesday, September 12[edit]

  • 2:30 a.m.: CBS reports that a car packed with explosives has been stopped on the George Washington Bridge. The New Jersey police claim there were enough explosives to destroy the entire bridge. Apparently the FBI has denied the report. According to a later report, three men have been arrested, but there were no explosives involved. They were arrested because they had been seen celebrating the attack.
  • Before 3:15 a.m.: The Boston Herald reports that at least five Arab men have been identified as suspects. Two of them were brothers, and one a trained pilot. Their passports have been traced to the United Arab Emirates. A car, rented in Portland, Maine, has been seized from the Logan International Airport garage, containing flight training manuals in Arabic. According to CNN, FBI can neither confirm nor deny this. The men had been in a fight with a man shortly before take-off; this man later recalled the incident and called the police.
  • Before 3:50 a.m.: The Jerusalem Post reports that Osama bin Laden has given a speech denying any connection to the attacks, which he called admirable.
  • 4:35 a.m.: CNN reports that search warrants have been issued in south Florida because of information from the passenger lists of the hijacked planes.
  • After 7:00 a.m.: PAPD Officer John McLoughlin, who was in an underground corridor between the two towers when the South Tower collapsed, is pulled alive from the rubble of the World Trade Center.
  • 10:00 a.m.: Congress reconvenes.
  • 10:53 a.m.: President George W. Bush holds a cabinet meeting, saying that the attacks "were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war." Bush later that day tours the Pentagon to oversee[citation needed] the rescue and recovery efforts.
  • 12:30 p.m. (approximately), Genelle Guzman-McMillan is pulled from the rubble of the North Tower of the World Trade Center, and is the last person recovered alive from the buildings' collapse zones.[1]
  • 1:10 p.m.: FBI agents storm the Westin Hotel in Boston to investigate a room rented by a passenger on one plane. They encounter and detain three people in the room and call in a bomb squad to investigate a suspicious package.
  • 3:58 p.m.: FBI announces they have evidence showing the White House and Air Force One were intended targets of the attacks. Later this is recanted, and blamed on administration staffers misunderstanding the security information they received.
  • 5:00 p.m.: Attorney General John Ashcroft announces that some of the hijackers were pilots trained in the US.
  • 7:00 p.m.: Candlelight vigils are held in Washington Square, Union Square, Central Park, and various other locations in New York City.
  • Late evening: The Chicago Tribune reports that an anti-Arab rally was held by a crowd of a few hundred people near Bridgeview mosque in Bridgeview, Illinois. Three were arrested by the over 100 policemen there, two for disorderly conduct and one for reckless driving.

Thursday, September 13[edit]

  • A few commercial airliners return to the skies and some airports reopen slowly with strict security measures from the FAA.
  • Before 1:00 a.m.: German police raid an apartment in Hamburg, apparently at the behest of the FBI, believed to have been used by suspect passengers on the airline flight list. It is believed to be the first police action outside the U.S. connected with the attack. Two people are taken into provisional custody, one is an airport worker. Both were later released, but re-arrested in late 2002.
  • The data recorder from United Airlines Flight 93 is recovered.
  • The United States National Transportation Safety Board, which usually investigates air disasters, issued a press release stating that the NTSB would assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and that the FBI would be "the lead investigative agency".
  • Between 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.: 10 people were detained at New York airports, reportedly including people who had boarded planes under false pretenses, people who had been trained to fly aircraft at the same schools as the previous terrorists, and people who had attempted to bring knives and other weapons past airport security. Some of these people had already been identified by the FBI as potential suspects. Three were removed from planes ready for departure by police SWAT teams, one resisted arrest. It was later found that none of them was planning a hijacking.
  • It is announced that Ahmed Shah Massoud, a military leader of the Northern Alliance, died on September 9 from wounds received during a Taliban suicide attack.
  • On the orders of Queen Elizabeth II, the 'Star-Spangled Banner' is played during the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. This unprecedented act was witnessed by a huge crowd, many singing along.
  • At the orders of Vladimir Putin, Russia observes a moment's silence at noontime (Moscow time) with flags placed at half-staff throughout Russia "in memory of terrorist acts' victims".
  • At 8:00 p.m., the World Wrestling Federation holds a special live broadcast of SmackDown! in Houston, Texas dedicated to the victims and heroes of the attacks. All storylines are put on hold for this tribute show, as various wrestlers and other individuals give their best wishes to the families of the victims and congratulate all of the workers and firefighters in New York. This is the first major assemblage for an American sporting event following the attacks.

Friday, September 14[edit]

The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance

  • Church and memorial services held throughout the world. These include a special service held in London, which was attended by a black-clad Queen and 1,500 mourners. A three-minute silence at noon Paris time was observed throughout Europe. "The Star-Spangled Banner" is performed or sung in front of the Brandenburg Gate and at mass gatherings in Edinburgh, Paris, and Ottawa. National days of mourning are observed in Ireland and South Korea. Ireland was brought to a standstill on the day, because the government had ordered schools, offices, and stores across the country closed because a public holiday as part of the national day of mourning had been declared.
  • The New York City Office of Emergency Management completes setup of an Emergency Operations Center after a 32-hour construction marathon, at Pier 92. This facility served to replace the Office of Emergency Management office formerly housed in the basement of 7 World Trade Center, and destroyed on the afternoon of September 11.[2]
  • AM, The United States Department of Defense (DoD) releases a revised estimate and the names of unaccounted. 125 people are missing: 74 Army, 42 Navy, 9 Defense agency. The original estimate for Defense Agencies was 10, which inadvertently included one DoD employee on American Airlines Flight 77, Mr. Bryan C. Jack.
  • AM, Resumption of package deliveries from national carriers such as UPS and Federal Express.
  • AM, Nine of the ten detained at New York airports were released. One is still being questioned about immigration status. Authorities suspected one of them was holding a false pilot certificate, but he was a pilot. He was carrying papers, including a visa, which were owned by his brother in Boston, who happened to live in the same building as three of the people suspected of involvement in the hijackings. There was no hijacking attempts at either airport on the 13th, only suspicious circumstances.
  • AM, The Pentagon reports recovering both black boxes from flight AA 77 which crashed into the Pentagon.
  • AM, The names of the 19 suspected hijackers are released by the FBI.[3]
  • AM, Arrests are made in the Netherlands and Belgium and apartments searched in the Philippines and on a Carnival cruise ship in Florida. The connection to the Sept. 11th attack is not immediately clear.
  • 12:00 PM, Service led by Rev. Billy Graham at Washington National Cathedral, with President George W. Bush and past and present top officials in attendance.[4] Bush gave remarks, beginning with "We are here in the middle hour of our grief." Canadian television covers a memorial service on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, which Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, and U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci presided over, and more than 100,000 people attended.
  • 2:20 PM Colin Powell press briefing
  • 3:40 PM President George W. Bush arrives in New York City. Later delivers 'Bullhorn Address'.[5]

Saturday, September 15[edit]

  • The Department of Defense releases a casualty update: Aerographer's Mate First Class Edward Thomas Earhart, 26, Salt Lick, Kentucky, is confirmed dead. Herbert W. Homer, a civilian employee of the Defense Contract Management Agency, was previously listed in error as unaccounted for at the Pentagon; he was among the passengers aboard United Airlines Flight 175.[6]
  • Before 8:00 AM, New York authorities end request for donations of emergency supplies.
  • Before 2:30 PM, Iran announces that it has closed its border with Afghanistan.
  • Before 2:30 PM, the official New York City missing count has risen to 4972. Over 150 bodies have been found, 92 positively identified.
  • Before 2:30 PM, the official death count at the Pentagon has risen to 189, including the 64 in the plane.
  • 3:00 PM approx., a funeral mass is held for the Rev. Mychal Judge.
  • 3:00 PM approx., a funeral is held for fire chief Peter J. Ganci, Jr. in New Jersey. Afterwards mayor Rudy Giuliani breaks his policy of never making public comments after the funeral, saying "All eyes are on New York City."
  • Before 3:00 PM, The New York Stock Exchange is successfully tested for its morning open at 9:30 AM EDT.
  • Before 3:00 PM, Colin Powell says both Pakistan and Iran have closed their borders with Afghanistan. After intensive pressure from the Bush administration, Pakistan has agreed to act as a staging area for American air strikes or forces.
  • Afternoon: Four gunmen, including Francisco Roque, 42, go on a shooting rampage. They drove up in two pick-up trucks to a Chevron station in Mesa, Arizona, owned by Balbir Singh Sodhi, a 52-year-old Sikh from Punjab, India, and shot him dead, possibly mistaking him for an Arab because of his turban. They don't kill anyone else, but hit another gas station and a home. In October 2003, Roque is sentenced by an Arizona jury to death by lethal injection (commuted later to life imprisonment) .[7]
  • Afternoon: An Egyptian-born Coptic Christian, Adel Karas, 48, was shot dead by two white males inside his International Market grocery store in San Gabriel, California.
  • 11:05 PM, a Pakistani immigrant and businessman, Waqar Hasan, 46, was shot dead in his store, Mom's Grocery, in downtown Dallas, Texas — again, possibly because of his turban. Congress subsequently passed a private bill granting his family permanent residence.[8]

Sunday, September 16[edit]

Monday, September 17[edit]

Tuesday, September 18[edit]

  • 12:30 PM Rudy Giuliani press briefing: 49,553 tons removed to Fresh Kills Landfill in 3,788 trucks. 218 confirmed dead, 152 identified. 37 uniformed officers, 32 firefighters, 2 E.M.T.'s, 2 Port Authority Police officers and one New Jersey Fire Department firefighter.[11]
  • 2:30 PM Ari Fleischer press briefing. The U.S. intends to go after terrorism whenever it threatens the United States, not all terrorism.
  • 2:50 PM US Attorney General John Ashcroft press briefing: 96,000 tips. There may have been more than four planes targeted for hijacking. INS will have 48 hours (or unlimited time under emergencies) instead of the previous 24 in which to decide whether to charge detained individuals. This will allow them to detain the 75 individuals held in connection with the investigation indefinitely. Permanent anti-terrorism task forces under the US Attorney General and FBI will be established to blur the lines between local and federal law enforcement and the federal intelligence agencies.
  • In Karachi, Pakistan more than 5,000 radical Islamist students mount the largest demonstration yet against possible US military action against Afghanistan. By the standards of Karachi politics, where rallies of over fifty thousand people are common, this is regarded as unexpectedly small. Hundreds of police and paramilitary troops prevent the protesters from marching on the US consulate. An effigy of George W. Bush is lit.
  • A mass candle vigil is held in Tehran, Iran to mourn the loss of life in the United States.[12]

Wednesday, September 19[edit]

  • The Department of Defense orders over 100 combat aircraft, including fighters, bombers, and support aircraft to military bases in the Persian Gulf. Three aircraft carrier groups will soon be within operational distance of west Asia.
  • 2:20 PM approx. Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki press briefing: two lanes of Brooklyn Bridge into city to open Thursday. The government is opening up 5.5 million ft2 (511,000 m2) of real estate for business. Individual family grants of up to $14,000 are available from the Dept. of Labor. The State Dept. of Health is giving $60 million to NYC hospitals. The business assistance center at 633 Third Ave. has received 5000 calls and 700 visitors. The city is hoping to get Battery Park North and South open in the next two days. The prayer service Sunday 9/23 at Yankee Stadium will be by ticket for families and the uniformed services (fire, police, etc.), and simulcast at Jumbotrons at Staten Island and Brooklyn baseball stadiums. The city has determined it would be too early for the Central Park memorial service originally planned.
  • 4:00 PM, Dow Jones Industrial Average closes down 144.27 (1.62%) to 8759.13. Other indexes are down similarly. At its lowest point, the Dow Jones was down over 420 points.

Thursday, September 20[edit]

  • Stock markets continue dramatic slide.
  • Pakistan general/president Pervez Musharraf gives speech asking country to go along with government decision to support United States—allowing flights over airspace, supplying intelligence, etc.
  • 40 Senators visit New York City to see the rescue and recovery effort firsthand.
  • The official number of missing persons at the WTC rises dramatically to 6333, due to reports coming in from foreign countries.
  • President Bush gives speech to joint session of Congress, with British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Rudy Giuliani, and Governor Pataki in attendance. He thanks the world for its support of the United States, and announces that the United States is at war with terrorism and demands countries choose to be "with us or with the terrorists." He limits the enemy to terrorist groups with "global reach." Five unconditional demands are imposed on the Taliban, including the immediate closedown of all terrorist training camps and the delivery of all al-Qaeda leaders to US authorities. He creates a new cabinet-level office, the Department of Homeland Security and names Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge as its head. His speech is interrupted with applause on many occasions.[13]
  • Conference of Afghan Islamic clerics advise Taliban leader Mohammad Shah to invite Osama bin Laden to leave Afghanistan by his own choice.
  • New York Philharmonic memorial concert of Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem in Avery Fisher Hall. The concert was led off by the national anthem, and on the stage was a flag which appeared on stage during all Philharmonic World War II concerts. All proceeds go to disaster relief. At the request of the Philharmonic director, all applause was held, and the audience filed out in silence.

Friday, September 21[edit]

  • 1.15 AM GMT Increased racial tensions in Peterborough, England see seventeen-year-old boy Ross Parker murdered by a gang of up to ten Muslims of Pakistani background who had sought a white male to attack. In December 2002 Shaied Nazir, Ahmed Ali Awan, and Sarfraz Ali are sentenced to life imprisonment for the racist murder.[14][15][16][17]
  • 4:00 AM Final version of airline assistance bill is written.
  • In the morning hours, the Congress approves a bill to prop up the airline industry and establish a federal fund for victims. The cost of the mostly open-ended fund may reach about $15 billion. Victims of earlier terrorist attacks, including those linked to al-Qaida, were not included in the fund.
  • Afghanistan press conference announces willingness to turn Osama bin Laden forcibly over only with evidence. United States reiterates it will not negotiate on demands. The US never releases the evidence demanded.
  • Tens of thousands demonstrate in Pakistan against the government's cooperation with United States.
  • The official number of missing persons at the WTC continues to fluctuate, 6300s to 6500s. They come from over 60 countries.
  • Stock markets continue dramatic slide. (For the United States, worst week since 1930s).
  • A two-hour live telethon entitled "America: A Tribute to Heroes", with musical performances and spoken tributes by top American performers, is simultaneously broadcast on nearly every network. Controversy over disbursement of the funds raised will later arise.
  • Yemeni-American, Mr. Ali M. Al-Mansoob/Mr. Ali Al Mansouri, 44, is fatally shot 12 times in the back in Detroit, allegedly by a man angry about the terrorist attacks.
  • In the first major sporting event in New York City since the attack, a baseball game at Shea Stadium, the New York Mets' Mike Piazza hits a two-run, game-winning home run in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves to defeat the Braves, 3-2.

Saturday, September 22[edit]

  • United Arab Emirates one of the few countries that had recognized the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, rescinds the recognition.
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars of donations have been raised for American relief agencies.
  • United States reschedules Pakistan's debt, and drops sanctions against Pakistan in return for its help with the "war on terror."

Sunday, September 23[edit]

  • The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 261; 194 have been identified. The official missing count at the World Trade Center is 6,453.
  • Taliban claim they cannot find Osama bin Laden to deliver request that he leave the country of his own will.
  • NFL games recommence.
  • Interfaith memorial service, known as "Prayer for America," is held at Yankee Stadium.
  • NASCAR's MBNA Cal Ripken Jr. 400 was hosted at Dover International Speedway, most drivers having special paint jobs with American flags for honor of the attacks. During God Bless the USA, composed and performed at the race by Lee Greenwood, the aftermath of the World Trade Center was aired. For the first time ever, security measures prevent anyone who was not a track employee from working the race, with a nearby military base handling logistics. Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the event and celebrated by driving around the track with an American flag out the window.

Monday, September 24[edit]

  • The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 276; 206 have been identified. The official missing count at the World Trade Center remains 6,453.
  • After losing upwards of 1,300 points in the previous week, the Dow Jones Industrial Average posts its eighth biggest net gain in its history. It gains 368.05 points to 8,603.86.
  • 95% of United Airlines Flight 93 is recovered, 80% left in the crater by the crash, and 15% outside of it. The crater is refilled.

Week of Monday, September 24[edit]

Tuesday, September 25[edit]

  • The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 279; 209 have been identified. The official missing count at the World Trade Center is 6,398.
  • FBI is investigating over 90 claims of hate violence related to 9/11 attacks.

Wednesday, September 26[edit]

  • The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 300; 232 have been identified. The official missing count at the World Trade Center is 6,347.

Thursday, September 27[edit]

  • The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 305; 238 have been identified. The official missing count at the World Trade Center is 5,960.
  • The FBI released photos of all 19 hijackers, and possible nationalities and aliases.[18]

Friday, September 28[edit]

  • The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 306; no new identifications are made. The official missing count at the World Trade Center remains 5,960.
  • FBI Press Conference release of an untranslated handwritten 4-page hijackers' letter written in Arabic and found in three separate copies at Dulles, the Pennsylvania crash site, and in Mohamed Atta's suitcase. It includes Islamic prayers, instructions for a last night of life, and a practical checklist of final reminders for the mission.[19]

Saturday, September 29[edit]

  • The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 309; 248 have been identified. The official missing count at the World Trade Center is 5,641.
  • Al Gore makes his biggest speech since he lost his bid for the presidency, and strongly supports President Bush and the bipartisan atmosphere prevailing since the attack.[20]

Sunday, September 30[edit]

  • The official count of bodies found at the site of the World Trade Center is 314; 255 have been identified. The official missing count at the World Trade Center is 5,657.
  • Senator Chuck Schumer proposes holding the Super Bowl XXXVI at Giants Stadium.
  • The Taliban ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef, admits that the Taliban regime is protecting Osama bin Laden in an unknown location in Afghanistan, that he had been given the ulema recommendation that he leave the country voluntarily which he has turned down, and that the Taliban would be open to negotiations with the US given evidence of bin Laden's culpability in the 9/11 attacks. John Ashcroft expresses skepticism as well as anger at the Taliban's refusal to accept conditions.


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  3. ^ FBI Announces List of 19 Hijackers Archived 2015-02-21 at the Wayback Machine, FBI, national Press Release September 14, 2001
  4. ^ [2] Archived June 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
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  6. ^ [3] Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
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  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 9, 2016. Retrieved April 8, 2005.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  12. ^ [6] Archived May 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "President Declares "Freedom at War with Fear"". Georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov. 21 November 2001. Retrieved 2016-07-08.
  14. ^ Reville, Alan (22 September 2011). "Murdered Ross Parker remembered 10 years on". Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
  15. ^ Her Majesty's Court Service (24 November 2006), Minimum Terms, High Court setting of minimum terms for mandatory life sentences under the Criminal Justice Act 2003, archived from the original on June 6, 2011, retrieved 27 December 2011
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  19. ^ FBI Releases Copy of 4 Page Letter Linked to Hijackers Archived 2010-09-07 at the Wayback MachineFBI, Press Conference national Press Release, September 28, 2001
    Translated: Instructions for the Last Night, PBS Frontline, "Inside the Terror Network, tracking their personal stories." The British newspaper The Observer published this translation, provided for The New York Times by Capital Communications Group, a Washington-based international consulting firm, and by Imad Musa, a translator. Some notable excerpts: ..."Make an oath to die and renew your intentions..."... "Check your weapon before you leave and long before you leave. (You must make your knife sharp and must not discomfort your animal during the slaughter). " ... "All of their equipment and gates and technology will not prevent, nor harm, except by God's will. The believers do not fear such things. ..." ... "When the confrontation begins, strike like champions who do not want to go back to this world. Shout, 'Allahu Akbar,' because this strikes fear in the hearts of the non-believers. God said: 'Strike above the neck, and strike at all of their extremities.' Know that the gardens of paradise are waiting for you in all their beauty, and the women of paradise are waiting, calling out, 'Come hither, friend of God.' They have dressed in their most beautiful clothing..." ... "If you slaughter, do not cause the discomfort of those you are killing, because this is one of the practices of the prophet, peace be upon him..." ... "Do not seek revenge for yourself. Strike for God's sake..." ... "Then implement the way of the prophet in taking prisoners. Take prisoners and kill them. As Almighty God said: 'No prophet should have prisoners until he has soaked the land with blood... " ... "How beautiful it is for one to read God's words, such as: 'And those who prefer the afterlife over this world should fight for the sake of God.' And His words: 'Do not suppose that those who are killed for the sake of God are dead; they are alive ... '." ... "Either end your life while praying, seconds before the target, or make your last words: 'There is no God but God, Muhammad is His messenger'."
  20. ^ Berke, Richard L. (2001-09-30). "Bush 'Is My Commander,' Gore Declares in Call for Unity". NYTimes.com. Des Moines (Iowa). Retrieved 2016-07-08.