WTC smoking on 9-11

The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th, or 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United States in New York City and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.


  • 8:46am (EST) - First plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. It was initially believed to be an accident of any kind.
  • 9:03am - Second plane hit the South Tower of the World Trade Center causing an explosion in the building's upper floors.
  • 9:29am - President Bush calls the palne crashes as an apparent terrorist attack.
  • 9:32am - As terror grips Manhattan, NYSE closes.
  • 9:37am - Third plane crashed into the Pentagon..
  • 9:45am - White House and Capitol Building was evacuated.
  • 9:46am - FAA grounds all flights. It was the first time in American history that US air traffic is halted.
  • 9:51am - Pentagon updates its akert status to the highest level possible, Delta.
  • 9:59am - South Tiower of the World Trade Center collapsed.
  • 10:06am - Fourth plane crashed into Pennsylvania.
  • 10:15am - A section of the Pentagon collapsed. 
  • 10:22am - State and Justice Departments in Washington, along with the World Bank were evacuated.
  • 10:24am - FAA orders all international flights bound to USA diverted to Canada.
  • 10:28am - North Tower of the World Trade Center collapsed.
  • 5:20pm - Seven hours after the North Tower collapsed, 47 storey building 7 of the WTC complex also collapsed
  • 6:54pm - President Bush returns to the White House
  • 8:30pm - Almost 12 hours after the attacks, President Bush then adressed the nation from the Oval Office.

Television during and after the attacks:Edit

Many TV networks in the United States and the wiorld broke the news about the attacks. Some of the cable-only networks aired free-tv coverage, some suspended programming and some just continued normal programming instead.

United States:Edit

These are the networks that broke the news:

  • CNN
  • ABC
  • CBS
  • Fox, Fox News Channel
  • The WB, WGN-TV
  • C-Span, C-Span 2
  • TBN
  • TechTV

While here are the cable networks who stopped and continued programming:

Channel/s Programming Response
ESPN, ESPN2, SoapNet aired the ABC News coverage
MTV, VH1, CMT, Nick at Nite, BET, TNN aired the CBS News coverage
TBS, TNT, Shop at Home, CourtTV, CNNfn, CNNfyi, CNNSI, CNN Headline News aired the CNN coverage
Fox Movie Channel, FX, The Health Network, Speedvision, Fox Family, Fox Sports Net aired the Fox News Channel coverage
Home Shopping Network aired the CBC NewsWorld International coverage
TLC aired the BBC News coverage
Food Network, HGTV, DIY, QVC stopped programming
Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Toon Disney, Comedy Central, A&E, The History Channel, Game Show Network, Sci Fi Channel, Bravo continued programming
The WB affiliates aired the CNN coverage
UPN affiliates (majority) aired the CBS News coverage
UPN affiliates (owned by Fox Television Stations Group) aired the Fox News Channel coverage
PAX TV aired the NBC News coverage
Superstation WGN aired the WPIX-TV coverage
Wisconsin Public Television cancelled all programming and went to all-PBS Kids lineup even in primetime to provide a safe harbor for children from continuous 9/11 news coverage.


Many local TV networks worldwide interrupted their normal programming and broght news

Country Channel
Canada CBC
Hong Kong TVB Jade, TVB Pearl
United Kingdom

BBC, ITV, Sky News




SVT2, SVT24, TV4


Seven Network, Nine Network, Network Ten, Sky News Australia

South Africa SABC
Mexico TV Azteca
Japan NHK

CCTV, Phoenix Television

Iraq Iraq Satellite Channel
Ireland RTE One

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