On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four commercial airplanes
bound for California. The planes departed from airports in Boston; Newark,
NJ; and Washington, D.C. September 11 would become an infamous date in American
and world history, and the events of that day would forever change the world. As the
world commemorates the 20th anniversary of 9/11, the following timeline, courtesy
of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, can help people fully understand
how events unfolded on that late-summer morning two decades ago.
• 5:45 a.m.: Two of the hijackers pass through security at Portland International
Airport in Maine. The men will take a short flight to Boston Logan International
Airport, where they will join three other hijackers and board American Airlines
• 6:00 a.m: Two of the hijacked planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United
Airlines Flight 175, will eventually crash into the North and South Towers of the
World Trade Center complex in New York City. The day was a significant one
on the New York City political calendar, as polling stations opened at 6 a.m. for
For more on this story see Saturday's LCR.