Highlights from history: Sept. 11 Sep 11, 2019 0 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Highlights from major events that happened around the world on this day in history. 1789: Alexander Hamilton In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. BEBETO MATTHEWS 1973: Chile Coup In 1973, Chilean President Salvador Allende (ah-YEN'-day) died during a violent military coup. Alberto Bravo 1998: Starr report In 1998, Congress released Kenneth Starr's voluminous report that offered graphic details of President Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct and leveled accusations of perjury and obstruction of justice; the president's attorneys quickly issued a point-by-point rebuttal. ADAM BUTLER 2001: World Trade Center On Sept. 11, 2001, America faced an unprecedented day of terror as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners, sending two of the planes smashing into New York's World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the fourth into a field in western Pennsylvania, resulting in nearly 3,000 deaths. PATRICK SISON 2006: George W. Bush In 2006, in a prime-time address, President George W. Bush invoked the memory of the victims of the 9/11 attacks as he staunchly defended the war in Iraq, though he acknowledged that Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the attacks. Anonymous 2008: McCain & Obama ground zero In 2008, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama put aside politics as they visited ground zero together on the anniversary of 9/11 to honor its victims. Mary Altaffer 2009: Anti-abortion activist Ten years ago: Anti-abortion activist James Pouillon (PUHL'-yuhn) was shot to death near a high school in Owosso, Michigan. (Harlan James Drake was convicted of first-degree murder in the killing of Pouillon and the owner of a gravel pit, Mike Fuoss, and sentenced to life in prison.) Paul Sancya 2009: Jim Carroll Ten years ago: Death claimed poet and punk rocker Jim Carroll at age 60. Suzanne Hanover 2009: Obama 9/11 anniversary Ten years ago: On his first 9/11 anniversary as president, Barack Obama urged Americans to come together in service just as they united after the terrorist attacks. Charles Dharapak 2012: Benghazi In 2012, a mob armed with guns and grenades launched a fiery nightlong attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost and a CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. Mohammad Hannon 2014: Arab joint statement Five years ago: In a joint statement, 10 Arab states promised to "do their share" to fight Islamic State militants, but NATO member Turkey refused to join in. Brendan Smialowski 2018: Hurricane Florence One year ago: About 1.7 million people in three states were warned to get out of the way of Hurricane Florence, which was taking dead aim on the Carolinas. HOGP 2018: Trump Hurricane One year ago: With Florence bearing down on the Southeast coast, President Donald Trump turned attention back to the federal government response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico a year earlier, deeming it "incredibly successful" despite a recent federal report finding that nearly 3,000 people died. 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