A third airliner was crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia. Passengers and members of the flight crew on the fourth aircraft attempted to retake control of their plane from the hijackers; that plane crashed into a field near the town of Shanksville in rural Somerset County, Pennsylvania. In addition to the 19 hijackers, 2,973 people died; another 24 are missing and presumed dead.
September 11, 1932 -
MGM released the Edmund Goulding classic Grand Hotel, starring Greta Garbo, John Barrymore and Joan Crawford, on this date.
Originally conceived by MGM production chief as one of the first All-Star vehicles. Conventional wisdom of the time was that you put no more than one or two of your biggest stars in a picture so as to lower production cost and to maximize profits. Grand Hotel featured 5 of MGM's top tiered stars and was one of the highest grossing pictures in studio history.
September 11, 1967 -
The Carol Burnett Show premiered on CBS-TV on this date.
In recent years, Carol Burnett has revealed that the idea for her starting off each show with a question-and-answer session with the studio audience came from the series' first executive producer, Bob Banner, based on Garry Moore's doing audience warm-ups himself (as opposed to a professional warm-up artist or stand-in) prior to the taping of each edition of The Garry Moore Show, which Banner had also produced.
Today in History:
September 11, 1792 -
During a week-long looting of the crown jewels in September of 1792, The French Blue Diamond, was stolen in Paris on this date. The 45.5-carat Hope diamond is thought to have been cut from the famous French Blue diamond that disappeared after this robbery.
The French Blue never resurfaced, but the Hope Diamond, which is likely one-half of the French Blue, did. It is now displayed in the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.
September 11, 1789 -
Alexander Hamilton became the first US Secretary of the Treasury on this date.
President George Washington initially appointed Robert Morris, a senator and Superintendent of Finance, but he refused the appointment.
September 11, 1903 -
The world's oldest automobile race track, The Milwaukee Mile, held its first race on this date.
September 11, 1936 -
Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicates Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) by pressing a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator in Nevada.
September 11, 1971 -
Former Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev suffered a fatal heart attack in his provincial exile on this date.
September 11, 1980 -
The famous 45-carat diamond, the Marlborough diamond, worth about $640,000, was taken from a jewelry store window display on this date. The robbers, Arthur "The Brain" Rachel and Joseph "The Monk" Scalise, mobsters from Chicago, Illinois staged a daring daytime theft of the jewelry.
In 2010, the duo, both in their 70's were arrested again for yet another jewel heist.
September 11, 1987 -
CBS-TV went dark for six minutes as news anchor Dan Rather walked off the set of "The CBS Evening News" on this date.
And so it goes.