The 12th anniversary of 9/11 happens this Wednesday. To commemorate America’s darkest day, Discovery, History and National Geographic channels are showing a host of TV specials and documentaries that address not only the horrors of 9/11, but also the perseverance, compassion and courage of those whose lives were touched on September 11, 2001. All specials air on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013.
- “9/11 Firehouse.” This TV special recalls the events of 9/11 with New York City firefighters. 8-9 p.m. EST.
- “Man Who Predicted 9/11.” The History Channel profiles Rick Rescoria, who saved many lives on 9/11. 8-9 p.m. EST.
- “102 Minutes That Changed America.” The 2-hour special recalls the attacks on the World Trade Center. It includes photos, video and audio recordings from various sources including the FDNY and NYPD. 9-11 p.m. EST.
- “George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview.” The former president opens up about Sept. 11, 2001. 8-9 p.m. EST
- “9/11: Where Were You?” This TV special examines the life and death decisions made on 9/11. 9-10 p.m. EST.
- “Witness.” National Geographic recalls the events of 9/11, as captured on home videos. 10-11 p.m. EST.
The tragedy of 9/11 played out on TV for millions of Americans 12 years ago. Coverage of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 was the longest uninterrupted news event in the history of U.S. television. The major U.S. broadcast and cable networks were on the air for days with uninterrupted coverage from the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Millions of shocked TV viewers watching live pictures of the World Trade Center saw the second plane hit and both buildings come down.
For the first time since the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the major television networks aired continuous coverage with no commercials or entertainment programs. The coverage lasted for 90 continuous hours. Many other channels suspended their regular programming to run network coverage. In addition, the start of the 2001-2002 TV season was put on hold and the Emmy Awards, originally scheduled for Sept. 16, finally aired on Nov. 4 in 2001.
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