Today in history
in Pennsylvania after passengers on board fought with hijackers. Approximately 3,000 people were killed in the four crashes, including two dozen Canadians. The attacks were blamed on Saudi millionaire Osama bin Laden, who was living in Afghanistan under the protection of that country's Taliban government. The U.S. responded by organizing an international coalition to drive the Taliban from power and find bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. Navy SEALS in Pakistan on May 2, 2011.
In 2002, quarterback Johnny Unitas, who broke nearly every passing NFL record and won three championships with the Baltimore Colts in an 18-year career, died at age 69.
In 2003, John Ritter, whose portrayal of the bumbling but lovable Jack Tripper helped make the television comedy series “Three's Company” a smash hit in the 1970s, died at age 54.
In 2009, a Taiwan court imposed a life sentence on former president Chen Shuibian after convicting him of corruption.
In 2015, a massive crane collapsed in a storm and crashed onto the Grand Mosque in Mecca, killing 111 people and injuring nearly 400.
In 2016, Stan Wawrinka defeated defending champ Novak Djokovic 6-7 (1), 64, 7-5, 6-3 for his first U.S. Open trophy and third Grand Slam title overall.