Timeline of Events the Day After NYC/Washington D.C. Tragedies

This is a CNN timeline of today�s events regarding yesterday�s tragedies in New York City and Washington D.C.

2:57 p.m. CNN Senior White House Correspondent John King reports that the White House says that there was “reasonable and credible information” to believe that the White House and Air Force One were possible targets of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. The White House says this is why President Bush did not immediately return to Washington on Tuesday. The White House also says the plane that crashed into the Pentagon may have been destined originally for the White House.

2:20 p.m.: Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta says that airline flights diverted after Tuesday’s attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon are authorized to finish their journeys Wednesday but all other planes remain grounded. Only passengers on the original flights could reboard and only after new security measures were put in place. Airlines also can move empty airplanes, Mineta said.

2:15 p.m.: Philip Purcell, chairman and chief executive officer of the brokerage firm Morgan Stanley, says “a vast majority” of the 3,500 staff members who worked in two of the World Trade Center buildings, including one of the twin towers, got out safely after hijackers crashed two planes into the towers.

1:20 p.m.: CNN reports that officials of the Taliban, the hard-line Islamic rulers of Afghanistan, are appealing to the United States not to attack the country. The country is where suspected Saudi terrorist Osama bin Laden is based.

1 p.m.: CNN reports that the FBI has taken several people into custody for questioning in Boston, Massachusetts, and in Florida. Authorities also are checking passenger manifests from the crashed airplanes to see if they include anyone who attended flight schools in the United States or who used facilities that have airline simulators.

12:10 p.m.: Officials from Boston’s Logan International Airport say the Federal Aviation Administration is requiring all U.S. airports to comply with some emergency safety measures, including banning the sale or use of knives, even plastic ones, at airports; evacuating and sweeping all terminals with K-9 teams; and discontinuing curbside check-in.

11:25 a.m.: A total of nine survivors have been rescued so far in the rubble in New York. Six are firefighters, and three are police officers.

11:20 a.m.: CNN reports that the FAA will not allow domestic air traffic to resume at noon Wednesday.

10:54 a.m.: CNN reports that the United States has intercepted two phone calls made after Tuesday’s terrorist attacks against the Pentagon and New York’s World Trade Center, and the conversations were between members of al Qaeda, an organization sponsored by bin Laden. In those conversations, U.S. law enforcement officials say the individuals discussed hitting two U.S. targets.

10:50 a.m.: The president labels Tuesday’s attacks “acts of war” and says the United States faces a different enemy than ever before in its history. “This will be a monumental struggle of good vs. evil. But good will prevail,” Bush says.

10:30 a.m.: New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani warns that the death toll would be grim. “The numbers we are working with are in the thousands,” Giuliani told reporters at a briefing.

10 a.m.: Congress reconvenes in the U.S. Capitol with members of both parties denouncing Tuesday’s events.

9:05 a.m.: The assistant director of the Washington, D.C., Airport Authority tells CNN that Dulles and Ronald Reagan airports will open at 3 p.m. Wednesday only to allow people to pick up their luggage and vehicles.

8:45 a.m.: All European stock markets cease trading for one minute’s silence to remember Tuesday’s events.

5:20 a.m.: Pope John Paul II opens his weekly address with a statement condemning Tuesday’s attacks, saying “evil and death will not have the last word.”

Early Wednesday morning: Six firefighters and a police officer are reported rescued from the rubble of the World Trade Center.

More information on this timeline is available at cnn.com.

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