Today in history, September 11: The world’s deadliest terrorist attack on America

On this day in 2001, terrorists attack and crashed two hijacked aeroplanes into New York City’s World Trade Centre, in the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history.

1922: British mandate in Palestine is proclaimed while Arabs declare day of mourning.
1950: Death of Jan Christian Smuts, South African soldier-statesman, aged 80.
1962: Soviet Union warns that any US attack on Cuban or Soviet ships bound for Cuba will mean war.
1967: Indian and Chinese troops clash in border area in Himalayas.
1973: Chile’s president Salvador Allende is deposed in military coup, and military officials say he committed suicide rather than surrender.
1979: President Agostinho Neto of Angola dies while on a visit to Moscow.
1995: Thousands of demonstrators chanting to accordion strains march the streets of Paris carrying banners against France’s resumption of nuclear testing in the South Pacific.
1997: Scotland votes Yes on referendum to set up a separate Scottish parliament.
1998: Independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s report on US President Bill Clinton is published listing 11 potentially impeachable offences.
2000: Scientists confirm it can take just a few cigarettes to become addicted.
2001: Terrorists crash two hijacked aeroplanes into the World Trade Centre in New York City.
2002: The entire 21-member Palestinian cabinet resigns, after it becomes evident that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat could not prevent a vote of no-confidence in the cabinet by the Palestinian Legislative Council.
2003: Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh dies in hospital after being stabbed repeatedly the previous day by an unidentified male attacker while shopping at a department store in Stockholm.
2006: The political wing of the Islamic group Hamas makes a deal to share power with the more moderate Fatah headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
2007: The World Health Organisation issues an alert urging more doctors to travel to Congo to combat an outbreak of ebola fever.
2010: Thousands of people flock to New York’s Ground Zero to rally against and in support of the proposed Islamic cultural centre.
2012: Mainly ultraconservative protesters climb the walls of the US Embassy in Egypt’s capital and bring down the American flag, replacing it with a black Islamic flag to protest a US-produced film attacking the Prophet Muhammad.
2017: Hurricane Irma has left a trail of destruction as she blasts up Florida’s west coast.
2018: Ethiopia and Eritrea re-open their shared border for the first time in 20 years following a stunning reconciliation.

“There is nothing so powerful as the truth, and nothing so strange” — Daniel Webster, US statesman (1782-1852).

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