This Week in History: September 11-17

ABC News' Jonathan Karl looks back at great moments in history, politics and pop culture.
2:15 | 09/11/16

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Both trade towers. We're thousands of people work. On this day and accused. Have now been attacked. And destroyed. This week in history September 11 2001. In the early morning hours in American airliner hijacked by terrorists crashed into the World Trade Center. As smoke poured out of the north tower firefighters and policemen rushed to the scene. Seventeen minutes later a second airplane struck the south tower sending a fireball from the upper floors of the building right. Then a rumble the south tower weakened by the plane's burning jet fuel suddenly collapsed to the ground in a massive cloud of smoke and debris. In another rumble. The north tower plummeted to the ground as well as the Twin Towers collapsed and third hijacked plane struck the Pentagon. Barreling through the building's west side. When passengers a 44 hijacked plane united flight 93. Heard about the attacks. They courageously overtook the hijackers. And the plane crashed into an empty field in Shanksville Pennsylvania. And if ordered that the full resources of the federal government. Go to help the victims and their families. And that's and to conduct a full scale investigation. To hunt down. And to find those folks. Committed this act that night I interviewed Hillary Clinton they New York's junior senator on the steps of the US capitol. This is the kind of devastating attack and loss of life that is almost beyond imagination and you know New York is gonna need a lot of help. The interview came after a powerful scene on Capitol Hill. As congress gathered for a moving rendition of god bless America there on the capitol steps. Yeah. Okay. We'll. Nearly 3000 Americans die. The deadliest terrorist attack ever on American soil oh home. Okay yeah. It's freaky history on Jonathan Karl.

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