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The Twin Towers were built in 1973. The two 110 story buildings were designed by Minoru Yamasaki. The towers were one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, drawing over a hundred thousand visitors each day.

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September 11th, 2001 began as an innocent Tuesday morning as millions of Americans began their day as they always do, they went to work. By lunchtime, however, a normal day at work for those in the Twin Towers and the Pentagon turned to tragedy as 4 commercial jetliners were turned into guided missiles, destroying the World Trade Center, damaging the Pentagon, and killing thousands of people.

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At 8:50 A.M., American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower. The plane, a Boeing 767, carried 81 passengers, 9 flight attendants and 2 pilots. Within minutes, police and firemen were on the scene evacuating the building.

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Shortly after 9:00 A.M., people at the scene watched in horror as the second plane, United Airlines Flight 175 carrying 65 people, hit the south tower. With the second crash came the realization that these were not accidents, they were carefully calculated terrorist attacks.

Immediately after the second tower was hit, the Federal Aviation Administration grounded all commercial and non-commercial flights, ordering all planes in the air to land at the nearest airport. All in-bound international flights were diverted to Canada. Trading at the New York Stock Exchange was suspended and the New York Mayoral Primary was postponed.

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At about 9:40 A.M., as the rescue effort continued in New York, yet another plane, American Flight 77 carrying 64 people, was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. 126 People working in the building were killed. All Federal buildings were evacuated and the museums and monuments in the city were all closed.

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At 10:09 A.M., less than an hour after it was hit, the South Tower collapsed. 20 Minutes later, the North Tower also collapsed. Over 300 firemen and police officers who were the first to arrive on the scene were trapped under millions of tons of steel and concrete. In all, over 6000 people died in New York.

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The fourth plane, United Flight 93 carrying 45 people, crashed in a rural Pennsylvania field at approximately 10:42 A.M. The plane was on course for another target in Washington, but the brave passengers on board sacrificed their own lives and fought to prevent another disaster.

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In the aftermath President Bush along with Congress began uniting the world to fight terrorism around the world.

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God Bless America
and all of our friends around the world

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Pictures were provided by the AP

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