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By Barbara Feldman
September 2, 2011

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On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial jets and crashed into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and a field near Shanksville, Pa. Including the first responders (such as firefighters, police officers and paramedics), nearly 3,000 people died in the attacks. As the 10th anniversary approaches, it is time to reflect on the tragedy and remember the fallen.

9/11 Memorial: September 11 Attack Timeline “This interactive timeline features objects, images, video and first-hand accounts from people who witnessed the events unfold.’’ Starting at 5:45 a.m., when two hijackers passed through airport security in Portland, Maine, to board a flight to Boston, this scrolling multimedia timeline tells the story of the Sept. 11 attacks, ending at 8:30 p.m., when President George W. Bush addressed the nation.

Digital History: September 11 “Using new technologies to enhance teaching and research,’’ this University of Houston site is an interactive, multimedia American history textbook. The Sept. 11 module includes a short introduction and summary of the attacks, along with lists of recommended online and offline resources. The resources include an onsite glossary and hotlists of websites about related topics such as Osama Bin Laden, Islam, Terrorism, and the Pearl Harbor Analogy. 9/11: Ten Years Later “Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush.’’ With PDF study guides and lots of video footage, in addition to telling the story of the day’s events, puts Sept. 11 in perspective by exploring America’s response over the last 10 years. Use the More to Explore and Recommended Articles features to traverse this extensive resource and learn about important people, groups, themes and events.

Newseum: Front Pages: September 12, 2001 The Newseum of Washington, D.C., “offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.’’ This virtual exhibit displays the front pages of 109 newspapers the day after the Sept. 11 attacks. It is both a visual and emotional trek back in time to see headlines such as “Terrifying’’ or “Nation in Anguish’’ aside photos of the burning Twin Towers. In addition to the thumbnails, each front page is also available in PDF.

Smithsonian: American History: September 11

“To commemorate the tenth anniversary of September 11, the National Museum of American History is providing visitors with a close-up view of more than 50 objects recovered from the three sites attacked that fateful day - New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pa. - as well as recent acquisitions that relate to how American lives have changed since then.’’ This virtual exhibit displays many of the objects, and includes video clips from the Smithsonian’s “9/11: Stories in Fragments’’ documentary.