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On September 11th, 2001, 19 suicide bombers linked with the Islamic extremist group al-Quaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center towers in New York City. A third plane hit the Pentagon just outside of Washington, D.C and the fourth plane crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. See the fact file below for more information and 9/11 facts. See the fact file below for more information on 9/11 Remembrance Day or alternatively download our comprehensive worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
These terrorist attacks became known as 9/11, which is the way the American date of September 11 is written. The events of September 11th are a very sensitive subject, but it is one which is very important in American history and will never be forgotten.
Information and Facts About 9/11
- Four commercial jets were hijacked. American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into Tower One (the north tower) of the World Trade Center at 8:50 AM. United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into Tower Two at 9:04 AM. American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
- It is believed that the fourth jet was supposed to target the United States Capitol Building in Washington DC. Instead, the plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania as passengers on this flight fought with the hijackers and attempted to regain control of the plane.
- Tower Two of the World Trade Center collapsed to the ground at about 10:00 AM. At 10:30 AM Tower One also collapsed.
- The attacks resulted in the death 2,977 people. The victims included 246 on the four planes, 2,606 in New York City, in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon. Men, women and children from more than 90 countries died in these attacks.
- The 19 terrorist hijackers also died in the attacks. The hijackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and several other Arab nations who were reportedly backed financial by Saudi fugitive Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network.
- In 2004, Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attacks. Al-Qaeda and bin Laden cited U.S. support of Israel, the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, and sanctions against Iraq as reasons for the attacks.
- Cleanup of the World Trade Center site was completed in May 2002. The Pentagon was repaired within a year.
- Many memorials were constructed to remember 9/11. These include the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York, the Pentagon Memorial, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania. Next to the National Memorial, the 1,776 feet One World Trade Center was completed in 2013.
- Osama bin Laden was found in 2011, nearly ten years after the 9/11 attacks. In May 2011, after years at large, Osama bin Laden was found and killed by Navy Seals from the United States.
- Of the nearly 3,000 people killed 343 were New York City firefighters and paramedics. 23 New York City police officers also died, along with 37 Port Authority offices were struggled to complete a building evacuation and rescue office workers in the higher floors.
- Only six people who were in the Word Trade Center towers when they collapsed survived. Close to 10,000 other people were also treated for injuries and many of them were very severe.
- At 9pm on September 11th, President George W. Bush delivered an address from the Oval Office:
Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
- When asked about a U.S. military response, the president declared:
We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.
- Operation Enduring Freedom was launched under a month after the attacks. This was an international effort, led by America, to remove the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and destroy the al-Qaeda network that was based there.
- Within two months of Operation Enduring Freedom, the Taliban had been removed from operational power. Although the U.S. forces has effectively removed the Taliban, the war continued as the coalition forces dealt with a Taliban insurgency campaign based out of Pakistan.
- Around $100 million of art was lost after the 9/11 attacks. Some of the artwork destroyed included works by Picasso and Hockney.
- The morning after 9/11, the New York Times became first to print the nine-eleven name the attacks became known as. The headline they printed was: “America’s Emergency Line: 9/11”.
- There were many fires ignited by 9/11. In fact, there were so many that it took New York City firefighters 100 days to put them all out.
- The cost to cleanup the debris after 9/11 was around $750 million. This was to clean up 1.8 million tons of debris and rubble.
- The site of the World Trade Center became known as “Ground Zero”. Originally, this was used to refer to the site where the atomic bomb exploded over Hiroshima in 1945.
- September 11 is now remembered as Patriot Day in the United States. This is a national day of mourning to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks on that fateful day.
This bundle is actually a two pack collection of over 20 individual worksheets focused on September 11 (also known as Patriot Day). These worksheets can be used to teach students about this very tragic event in American history, and to remember the lives of those who died.
Download Bundle 1:
- 9/11 Facts
- Light a Candle
- Patriot Day
- Fill in the Blanks
- Fill in the Blanks Answers
- Remembrance Wordsearch
- A Moment’s Silence
- Conduct an Interview
- The New York Times
Download Bundle 2:
- 9/11 Remembrance Day Facts
- Mapping 9/11 Attacks
- War on Terror
- People & Places
- World’s Skyscrapers
- 9/11 Statistics
- U.S Landmarks
- Ground Zero Facts
- 9/11 Heroes
- Remembering 9/11
- Patriot Day Essay
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