Bin Laden Gone – Let’s Go Back To The Week Of September 8, 2001 When It All Really Began. This Week In Pop History.

Week of September 8, 2001. Compiled by Gary West

Some thirteen current and former Miami police officers are accused by U.S. authorities of shooting unarmed people and then conspiring to cover it up by planting evidence.

On Saturday Night Live – Christopher Walken and musical guest Weezer.

First Lady Laura Bush opens the first National Book Festival in Washington – hailing it as an “exciting chapter for American book lovers.”

The nation’s unemployment is up to a four-year high of 4.9%.


At 8:45am September 11 – American Airlines Flight 11 from Boston with 92 aboard crashes into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York. The flight was supposed to terminate in Los Angeles.

At 9:08am – United Airlines Flight 175 – which was supposed to be heading to Los Angeles from Boston – crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center. News reports now speculate it could be a terrorist attack.

At 9:41am – American Airlines Flight 77, which took off from Dulles International Airport – also heading towards Los Angeles takes the original flight path, but somewhere past Pittsburgh, PA, begins to head back east and crashes into the Pentagon at 9:41am. 64 people were on board.

As millions watch on television – people from both towers jump from their floors to doom. Both towers eventually collapse and thousands are feared dead in the worst-ever attack on U.S. soil.

At 10:00am – Flight 93 which originated from Newark NJ and was headed to San  Francisco with 45 people on board, turns back east – past Pittsburgh PA, and crashes. Apparently – passengers were on to the hijackers and helped bring the plane down.

President Bush vows that Americans will respond with a “quiet unyielding anger” to the terrorist attacks on the nation. He pledged to retaliate against not just the masterminds, but also the foreign nations that harbor them.

Attacks – U.S. intelligence agencies say evidence “strongly points” to the network of cells run by terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and headquartered in Afghanistan.

President Bush declares that the terrorist attacks in Washington and New York were “acts of war” and vows that the U.S. “will use all our resources to conquer this enemy.”

President Bush warned Americans of a long, hard war against terrorism. The Defense Department recommends the mobilization of thousands of reservists and orders an aircraft carrier battle group to remain near the Arabian Sea.

The Federal Aviation Administration has temporarily banned mail and cargo from all passenger flights. Mail will have to be delivered from the ground and the post office is scrambling.

U.S. stock markets will remain closed until at least Monday – the longest break in trading since before WWII. But, just before the terrorist events, the stock market was off some 17.3% from the beginning of the year.

By the end of the week – the skies are eerily silent as there is nothing flying – commercial or private. Everything’s grounded.

Technology – (just before 9/11) – another .com bites the dust as says goodbye.

Sports –

Shut Down – Baseball and football as The NFL and MLB call off all games this week because of the terrorist attacks.

Music news –

Another KROQ (Los Angeles) DJ is on MTV – his name is Ted Ramone (Stryker). He’ll be hosting an MTV game show called “Who Knows the Band.” He follows former KROQ DJ’s Kennedy and Carson Daley into bigger exposure.

Earlier in the week – A Michael Jackson comeback concern at Madison Square Garden and later – a big party for Jackson on Tavern on the Green.  Jackson was seen escorting his friend Elizabeth Taylor to her seat. He reunited with his brothers and it was one heck of a concert.

Needless to say – all concerts are put on hold, including Madonna’s “Drowned World Tour.”

Entertainment news –

Warner Brothers announces it will postpone indefinitely the October 5 release of “Collateral Damage” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger because it’s terrorism themed.

Television news

Oprah Winfrey’s season kickoff will focus on “Dr Phil’s Get Real Challenge,” a five-day seminar conducted by life strategist Dr. Phil McGaw, who is a frequent guest on Winfrey’s program.

ABC and CBS announce plans to broadcast all of this season’s prime-time dramas and comedies in high-def. So far – well under a half million homes have HDTV access. . Separately – so far, some 200 of the 1,600 U.S. TV stations have begun digital broadcasting since the transition from analog to digital began in 1997, when the federal government gave each station up to five years to launch a digital channel.

At the movies –

The Musketeer

Two Can Play That game

Jeepers Creepers

Rock star

The Others

Rush Hour 2

American Pie 2

Rat Race

The Princess Diaries