Newspaper Captions From Around The World 24 Hours After 9/11


Tuesday marks the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The air assaults unfolded 17 years ago today. The day following the extremist acts, newspapers around the globe reacted by capturing the sorrow, horror, and bewilderment people felt.

Today is the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks; Photo: Giphy

For many people, the collapse of the Twin Towers was the biggest news story of their lifetime.

Most who recall that day (9/11), too remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard of the attacks or witnessed them.

South Tower plane crash, September 11, 2001; Photo: Giphy

A Washington D.C. museum, the Newseum, traces the history of media, archiving more than 100 newspapers from September 12, 2001, the day after the New York attacks.

The front pages of these newspapers, carrying headlines like “AMERICA’S DARKEST DAY” and “ACT OF WAR,” underline the impact the attacks had on the ethos of Americans.

Below is what newspaper scoops looked like the morning after September 11, 2001.

Melbourne’s Herald Sun

The buildings contained so much smoke and fire, some civilians opted to jump to their death rather than burn and suffocate (as seen to the left); Photo: Melbourne Sun Herald

New York Post

The total value of art lost when the Twin Towers folded exceeded $100,000,000. Items included Joan Miró’s epic World Trade Center Tapestry, Alexander Calder’s sculpture WTC Stabile, a painting from Roy Lichtenstein’s Entablature series, and others by Picasso and David Hockney; Photo: New York Post

London’s The Times

It took firefighters 100 days to extinguish all the fires ignited by the planes crashing; Photo: London’s The Times

The New York Times

In total, workers sifted through more than 1,000,000 tons of debris searching for remains and personal effects. They unearthed 65,000 items, including 438 watches and 145 wedding rings; Photo: The NY Times

London’s The Daily Telegraph

3 hours prior to the attacks, a machine named Random Event Generator at Princeton University predicted a cataclysmic event was about to happen; Photo: London’s The Daily Telegraph

New York Daily News

The Pentagon section hit by Flight 77 had just endured a $258,000,000 rearmament, in which the walls had been reinforced and strengthened windows had been installed. Many sitting next to the plane’s point of impact remained untouched; Photo: NY Daily News

Canada’s The Globe and Mail

When 9/11 ringleader, Mohamed Atta, checked in at Logan airport, in Boston, his name set off an alert on the airport’s security system and his bags were never placed in the plane’s hold; Photo: Canada’s The Globe and Mail

The Washington Post

Property developer Larry Silverstein bought the 99-year lease on the World Trade Center for $3.2 billion just 6 months before they were struck and knocked down; Photo: The Washington Post

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

5 of the 9/11 hijackers stayed in a motel right outside the gates of the National Security Agency, in the days forthwith before the attacks; Photo: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

USA Today

Black boxes stashed in the tail of Flight 77 were reported as having been found in the Pentagon on September 12 2001. Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld later claimed that data from the cockpit voice recorder was unrecoverable. This is considered to be the first time in 40 years that a cockpit voice tape, once discovered, has yielded no data; Photo: USA Today


John Patrick O’Neill, a lead special agent at the FBI, who had investigated al-Qaeda and the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, quit the FBI due to policy disagreements. He took up a new gig as head of security at the World Trade Center — where he died on 9/11; Photo: People

The Atlanta Constitution

19 men hijacked four fuel-loaded US commercial airplanes bound for west coast stops. A total of 2,978 people were killed in New York City, Washington, DC and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania; Photo: The Atlanta Constitution

The Los Angeles Times

As of July 2018, 1,642 (or 55%) of 2,978 WTC victims’ remains have been positively identified, according to the medical examiner’s office; Photo: The LA Times

Detroit Free Press

$123 billion is the estimated economic loss during the first 2-4 weeks after the World Trade Center towers crumbled, as well as decrease in airline travel over the next several years; Photo: Detroit Free Press


8:46 a.m. ET — American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the north tower of the World Trade Center on 9/11/01; Photo: Newsday

The San Francisco Examiner

The Department of Homeland Security was created as a result of September 11th; Photo: The San Francisco Examiner

Chicago Tribune

Of those who died during the initial attacks and the ensuing collapses of the towers, 343 were New York City firefighters, 23 were New York City police officers and 37 were officers at the Port Authority; Photo: Chicago Tribune


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Aaron Granger


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