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The day America changed

A timeline of events on September 11, 2001 and beyond.

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11:02 a.m.: New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani calls for the evacuation of about 1 million people from lower Manhattan.

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12:15 p.m.: INS puts US borders with Canada and Mexico on high alert but doesn't shut them.

12:30 p.m.: 14 "miracle survivors," who were shielded by a stairwell, are rescued from the fallen North Tower.

12:30 p.m.: The FAA says 50 flights remain in US airspace, but none report problems.

1:44 p.m.: Pentagon dispatches warships to protect the Eastern Seaboard.

4:25 p.m.: America's major stock exchanges announce they will remain closed Wednesday.

4:30 p.m.: Firefighters raise a flag in the wreckage of the twin towers.

8:30 p.m.: Bush, addressing the nation, vows to "find those responsible and bring them to justice."

Sept. 14, 2001: Congress authorizes Bush to use all "necessary" force to prevent future terror attacks.

Sept. 18-Oct. 9, 2001: Letters containing anthrax spores are mailed to several media offices and two US senators, killing five people and infecting 17 others.

Sept. 20, 2001: Bush announces a cabinet-level Office of Homeland Security.

Oct. 7, 2001: US launches war in Afghanistan.

Oct. 26, 2001: Bush signs USA Patriot Act, granting authorities broad surveillance and detention powers.

December 2001: US-led forces oust Taliban from a final refuge, Tora Bora, but Osama bin Laden is believed to have escaped to Pakistan.

Dec. 22, 2001: British citizen Richard Reid is arrested for trying to blow up a jet with a shoe explosive.

June 1, 2002: Bush outlines a new military doctrine that stresses the option of preemptive action against any group or nation threatening US security.

March 20, 2003: US invades Iraq.

Dec. 13, 2003: US forces capture Saddam Hussein.

Feb. 5, 2003: Colin Powell tells the UN that Hussein was definitely working to create nuclear weapons.

Feb. 2, 2004: Bush calls for an independent panel to study intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq war.

March 11, 2004: Ten bombs go off in trains in Madrid, killing 190 people.

April 30, 2004: Reports surface of US abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib.

July 7, 2005: Four explosions rock London's transit system, killing 52 people.

Jan. 10, 2007: Bush announces troop surge in Iraq.

Dec.1, 2009: President Obama announces a troop surge in Afghanistan.

May 1, 2011: US Special Forces kill bin Laden in a raid in Pakistan.

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