Timeline beyond October following the September 11 attacks

Timeline beyond October following the September 11 attacks

= 2001 =


Thursday, November 1, 2001

* Afternoon: Deputy Mayor Anthony P. Coles meets with the two firefighter union leaders, Fire Capt. Peter L. Gorman, president of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and Kevin E. Gallagher, president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, at City Hall to discuss the firefighters' unhappiness with the October 31 decision.
* Night: The unions fax a notice to the New York firefighters to hold a demonstration on Friday morning.
* Near midnight: Rudy Giuliani calls from Yankee Stadium at the World Series to Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen about talk of a protest.

Friday, November 2, 2001

* Approximately 10:30 a.m. EST Emotions spill over into violence at a two-hour protest by several hundred to a thousand firefighters near City Hall, beginning at West and Chambers Streets, to protest Giuliani's October 31st ruling to reduce the number of firefighters permitted at the World Trade Center site from 64 to 25. After firefighter Mike Heffernan, brother of John Heffernan, retired fire captain Bill Butler, father of Tommy Butler, and Kevin E. Gallagher, the president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, speak, the assembled protesters push aside a barricade and begin walking south down West Street. At the next barricade the police move in, punches are thrown, and firefighters handcuffed. Both sides shout for understanding, and the conflict quickly subsides. The firefighters then march out to the applause of construction workers, the protest breaking up around 12:30 p.m.
* 12 firefighters (including four ranking fire officers and one fire marshal) are arrested and taken to the 28th Precinct station house in central Harlem. 5 police officers are injured, two with black eyes and facial trauma, three with neck, shoulder and back injuries.

Monday, November 12 2001

* Crash of American Airlines Flight 587 - (early indications a few hours after the crash are that it is not terrorist-related and these indications are later confirmed.)


Morning and television sitcoms broadcast dedications.



* The Fires of the destroyed World Trade Center are finally put out after burning for 5 months


Monday, March 11, 2002

* On the six-month anniversary of the attack, numerous ceremonies of remembrance take place.
* Huffman Aviation receives a letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service saying that Mohamed Atta al Sayed and Marwan al-Shehhi had been approved for student visas to study there.
* The "Tribute in Light" project begins. The project goes for a month and is re-launched on September 11, 2003, to mark the second anniversary of the attack. The Tribute in Light is now done every year on September 11.

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

* The remains of at least 11 firefighters and several civilians are found when recovery workers reach the site of what had been the south tower lobby.


Tuesday, May 28, 2002

* The last steel beam standing at the World Trade Center site is cut down and placed on a flatbed truck in a quiet ceremony.


June 4, 2002

* As a sign of saying thank you for her support in the days immediately following the attacks, New York City lit the Empire State Building in purple and gold to mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II.


Monday, August 19, 2002

* The New York City medical examiner releases an updated list of . There were 2,819 killed or missing, 4 less than the Police Department list which had been the best official tally publicly released. One name removed was that of a woman who had been listed under both her maiden and married names. The other three were of people reported missing once by people who had since not been in contact with New York City officials.

Tuesday, August 20, 2002

* Police determine that Albert John Vaughan, 45, and George V. Sims, 46, missing and presumed dead, are alive. Vaughan has been a patient at the Rockland Psychiatric Center in Orangeburg, N.Y. Sims is a patient with amnesia and schizophrenia at a Manhattan hospital.

August 27, 2002

* "The Newark Star-Ledger" reports that George V. Sims is alive. By this point at least 7 people on the August 19 list have been found; there are now 2812 killed or presumed dead.


September 7, 2002

* The New York City medical examiner releases a new list of World Trade Center deaths. The new list is 22 less than the previous one. The death toll now stands at 2801, including the dead on the airplanes but not the 10 hijackers.

September 10, 2002

* USA goes on high security alert as anniversary approaches. Other countries such as the UK go on similar alert status.
* Al-Jazeera releases videotapes of four of the September 11 hijackers - Ahmed al-Nami, Hamza Alghamdi, Ahmed Alghamdi and Wail Alshehri. All four are seen talking to the camera.

September 11, 2002

First anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks

* Remembrance services are held throughout the USA.
* The ceremony at New York, broadcast throughout the world, falls an hour behind schedule, but is well attended. The ceremony included the reading out of the names of all the persons who died there (on both the planes and the World Trade Center) and the recitals of American historical speeches such as the Gettysburg Address. Moments of silence are observed at 8:46 AM and 9:03 AM, the moments when the two planes struck the two towers, and church bells ring at 9:59 AM and 10:29 AM, the moment at which the South and North towers respectively collapsed. Foreign dignitaries gather in Battery Park for the lighting of the eternal flame at sunset. President George W. Bush addresses the nation from Ellis Island an hour and a half after the lighting of the eternal flame.
* The private ceremony at The Pentagon is also well-attended, and included the President amongst its participants. A prayer is said at the end that referred to Todd Beamer's "Let's Roll" remark.
* The public ceremony at Shanksville also had a large turnout. It included two flybys and a release of doves. President George W. Bush attends a private follow up service for the families of Flight 93's victims in the afternoon.
* In Karachi, wanted terrorist Ramzi Binalshibh (also known as Ramzi Omar) is among five alleged terrorists captured by Pakistani authorities at a Defence Housing Authority estate. Binalshibh is wanted by US authorities in relation to the September 11 attacks. His capture does not become public knowledge for two days, but photographs featuring him being led away blindfolded are published on the day.

September 26, 2002

* The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation selects six new design teams from around the globe for the World Trade Center site.

September 27, 2002

* The City of New York renames 81 streets, 79 in Staten Island and two in Manhattan, after victims.
* The New York Department of Environmental Conservation announces that construction equipment at the World Trade Center site will have to use ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

November 14, 2002

* The US House of Representatives votes 215 to 203, not to create an independent commission to investigate the September 11 attacks.


February 26, 2003

* Daniel Libeskind's design is announced as the winner and future occupant of the former World Trade Center site. The design includes an office building and a "Wedge of Light" which will honor the victims of the terrorist attacks by shutting down its lights between 8:46AM and 10:28AM EST every September 11. It will also use the WTC's foundations.


July 22, 2004

*9/11 Commission Report is published


September 11th

Between the hours of 8:30AM–midnight on September 11, 2006, on [http://www.cnn.com CNN] , viewers could watch CNN footage from 9/11/2001, as it happened / as it was broadcasted on that day. At 8:49 a.m. ET, during "American Morning", CNN rebroadcast the first minute of its coverage from 9/11/2001, as it was the moment it broke the news. [http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0609/11/ltm.03.html]

MSNBC broadcasts NBC News coverage from 8:30 to 12:00, branding it as a "Living History Event". They would do it again on September 11, 2007.

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