spotlight Highlights from history: Sept. 11 Sep 11, 2019 0 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 1936: Hoover Dam In 1936, Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) began operation as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1941: Charles A. Lindbergh In 1941, in a speech that drew accusations of anti-Semitism, Charles A. Lindbergh told an America First rally in Des Moines, Iowa, that "the British, the Jewish and the Roosevelt administration" were pushing the United States toward war. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1941: Pentagon groundbreaking In 1941, groundbreaking took place for the Pentagon. ASSOCIATED PRESS 1967: "Carol Burnett Show" In 1967, the comedy-variety program "The Carol Burnett Show" premiered on CBS. AP 1970: Ford Pinto In 1970, Ford Motor Co. introduced the Pinto, a compact that would become caught up in controversy over the safety of its gas tank. (The Pinto was discontinued in 1980.) AP 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 2007: Bin Laden Video In 2007, a new Osama bin Laden videotape was released on the sixth anniversary of 9/11; in it, the al-Qaida leader's voice is heard commemorating one of the suicide hijackers and calling on young Muslims to follow his example by martyring themselves in attacks. ASSOCIATED PRESS 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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