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Today in history: September 11
In 2001, President Bush vowed revenge on terrorists who hijacked four jets and attacked New York and Washington.
 
Bush received news of the attacks while visiting an elementary school.
Bush received news of the attacks while visiting an elementary school. (WIN MCNAMEE/Reuters/Corbis)

Sept. 11, 1970: After four New York-bound passenger jets were hijacked by Palestinian terrorists, an enraged President Nixon launched the U.S. sky marshals program.

Sept. 11, 2001: President Bush vowed revenge on terrorists who hijacked four jets and attacked New York and Washington. The president, who was in Florida on the morning of the attacks, was taken to Air Force bases in Louisiana and Nebraska before returning to Washington that evening to address a stunned and angry nation. Less than a month later, Bush ordered attacks on Afghanistan in an effort to topple the Taliban and to destroy al Qaeda, the terror group behind the 9/11 attack. Today, the war in Afghanistan has become, by far, the longest war in American history.

The terror attacks on New York and Washington killed 2,977 people from 65 countries — it was the second bloodiest day in American history.

Quote of the Day

"Make no mistake: The United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts." — George W. Bush

Bonus Quote

"Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others." — Winston Churchill

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