October Timeline of Events in the Attacks

November, 2001


Monday, Oct. 1, 2001:
- Pakistani leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf says that he sees no point in further diplomatic wrangling with the Taliban.

- Afghanistan's Northern Alliance and deposed King Shah reach agreement on sharing power once the Taliban is overthrown.

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001:

- British Prime Minister Tony Blair pledges Great Britain's support and says the alliance will win the war on terrorism.

- NATO Secretary General Lord Robertson says evidence clearly links attacks to bin Laden and al-Qaida.

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2001:

- Bush visits New York again to talk about people getting their lives back to normal.

- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld heads to the Middle East to talk with U.S. allies.

Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001:

- President Bush orders $320 million in humanitarian aid to Afghan refugees.

- Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair releases evidence stating, "We have absolutely no doubt" bin Laden was behind Sept. 11 attacks.

- Reagan Airport reopens in Washington, D.C.

Friday, Oct. 5, 2001:

- Pakistan says there is enough evidence to put Osama bin Laden on trial.

- Afghanistan's ruling Taliban offers to put bin Laden on trial in an Afghan court if U.S. provides evidence.

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001:

- In radio address, Bush says time is running out for the Taliban to meet allied demands.

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2001:

- Around 12:30 p.m. ET: Allied planes and missiles begin attacks on about 30 Taliban and al-Qaida targets in Afghanistan.

- 1 p.m.: Bush addresses nation from White House Treaty Room to explain the attacks.

Monday, Oct. 8, 2001:

- Riots and protests reported throughout Pakistan against allied strikes on neighboring Afghanistan.

- American and British warplanes launch strikes on Afghani targets for a second day.

- U.S. informs U.N. security council that other organizations and countries could be military targets.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001:

- Bombings continue in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001:

- FBI unveils list of the 22 most wanted terrorists in the world.

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001:

- Biggest air strikes to date carried out in Afghanistan, memorial service honors those killed at the Pentagon.

Friday, Oct. 12, 2001:

- An employee of NBC News is found to have contracted a skin form of anthrax. Vice President Dick Cheney says the investigation of the anthrax cases in New York and Florida should "proceed on the basis that it could be linked" to terrorists.

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001:

- A Microsoft office in Nevada gets a letter contaminated with anthrax in the mail.

Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001:

- Bush rejects Taliban offer to hand over bin Laden to a neutral country in return for an end to the bombings.

Monday, Oct. 15, 2001:

- Heaviest daylight raids yet reported in Afghanistan; Secretary of State Colin Powell travels to Pakistan to soothe criticism of U.S. actions.

- Anthrax is detected in Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle's office.

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001:

- A 7-month-old child tests positive for anthrax. The child's parent works at ABC News in New York.

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001:

- House Speaker Dennis Hastert announces that the House of Representatives will close until next Tuesday to sweep the building and offices for anthrax.

- At least 30 Senate staffers test positive for traces of anthrax.

Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001:

- A CBS News employee and a New Jersey postal worker are diagnosed with cutaneous anthrax.

Friday, Oct. 19, 2001:

- U.S. special forces troops are working in Afghanistan, marking the beginning of a ground war in the country. They are on a mission to grab intelligence information from Taliban sites.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2001:

- In his weekly radio address, Bush stresses that there has been no link made yet between the anthrax incidents and the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington.
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2001:

- Officials announce that a Washington postal worker has been diagnosed with inhalation anthrax.

Monday, Oct. 22, 2001:

- American warplanes target sites near the frontlines around Kabul and Mazar-e-Sharif in an attempt to help Northern Alliance ground forces move close to those cities.

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001:

- Officials confirm that deaths of two D.C. postal workers were caused by inhalation anthrax.

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001:

- House of Representatives OKs new law enforcement measures, including increased wiretapping and e-mail reading powers.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001:

- Northern Alliance says they are ready to move on Kabul, pending a political solution.

Friday, Oct. 26, 2001:

- Bush signs anti-terrorism bill; Taliban executes Abdul Haq, Pashtun leader expected to play a role in new government

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001:

- Bombing in Afghanistan continues.

Sunday, Oct. 28, 2001:

- Memorial held at the site of the World Trade Center.

Monday, Oct. 29, 2001:

- For the first time since 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court meets outside of its own building as the structure is swept for signs of anthrax.

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001:

- Two new cases of anthrax reported and for the first time they affected people who do not work for the government or the media.

- New warnings are issued for possible terrorist attacks.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001:

- Bombing raids on Afghanistan are intensified.


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