On this Day in History: September 14

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September 14th. On this day in history the name of the 19 hijackers that were a part of the 9/11 terrorist attacks had their names released by the FBI.

September 11th, 2001 is a date any American could tell you about: what they were doing, what they were wearing, where they were etc. On this day, 19 hijackers affiliated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the U.S. Two of the planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon outside of Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in an abandoned field in Pennsylvania. About 3,000 people were killed during the attacks. A lot of people criticized President Bush for his way of handling things and addressing the country of this tragedy.

Around 8 a.m. the first plane filled with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. The product of this was a huge, burning hole near the top floors of the skyscraper, killing hundreds of people on sight and trapping more in floors above. News stations broadcasted live images of when the first plane hit and thought it was a freak accident. Then, almost 20 minutes after the first plane hit, a second one appeared out of the sky and turned sharply and directly toward the World Trade Center and cut right through the south tower. This started an explosion that burned debris over buildings surrounding the area and onto the streets.

The 19 attackers were Islamic terrorists from Saudi Arabia and some of Middle Eastern countries. Some terrorists lived in the United States before had taken flying lessons at American commercial flight schools. The terrorists smuggled box-cutters and knives through security. Shortly after takeoff, the terrorists took over the four planes and began their attack.