21 Photos Showing Life In America In the Week’s Just Before September 11, 2001

The week leading up the the September 11th attacks on the United States was just like any other week. While most people will never forget where they were on that day, it can be difficult to recall what else was happening in the days just before. I was entering my senior year at Randolph High School but I don’t really recall the events taking place around the world during the week of September 3 to September 10, 2001. Some of the photos are directly related to the upcoming attacks, or the fallout that resulted, many have nothing at all to do with the attacks, but simply show glimpses of what was happening at that time. Gathered here is a time capsule of images taken during the week before everything changed.

A view of the New York City skyline with the World Trade Center at sunset taken from the US Open at the UATA National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, on September 5, 2001. (Jamie Squire/Allsport/Getty Images)

Pop star Michael Jackson and actress Elizabeth Taylor arrive at his 30th Anniversary Celebration show at Madison Square Garden on September 10, 2001 in New York City. (Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

Crowds fill Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the men’s final at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in New York, on September 9, 2001. (Reuters/Mike Blake)

Serena Williams of the USA returns a shot to Lindsay Davenport of the USA during their quarterfinals match in the US Open at USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York. (Ezra Shaw/Allsport/Getty Images)

Iraqi president Saddam Hussein listens to Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz as they look at a model of the al-Amiria shelter on September 3, 2001 in Baghdad. The shelter was hit by two air-to-surface missiles during the 1991 Gulf war, and more than 400 of its occupants were killed. (INA/Getty Images)

President George W. Bush, surrounded by Washington, DC area Pop Warner League football players in the White House Rose Garden, watches his coin toss to decide which teams would kickoff games on opening day of the National Football League’s regular season, on September 9, 2001. (Tina Hager/The White House)

New York Yankees pitcher Orlando Hernandez throws a fifth inning pitch to the Boston Red Sox on September 7, 2001 at Yankee Stadium. (Reuters/Ray Stubblebine)

An Air France Concorde takes off from the Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy, north of Paris, on September 4, 2001, at the beginning of a new round of training flights to prepare pilots and flight instructors for the aircraft’s possible return to commercial use. The Concorde fleet was grounded after an Air France Concorde crashed outside Paris in July 2000, killing 113 people. Normal commercial operations resumed in November of 2001. The Concorde was retired in October of 2003 due to high costs and low passenger numbers driven in part by the post-9/11 slowdown in air travel. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours)

A surfer rides a wave at Windsor beach in Tuckers Town as the surf crashes powered by Hurricane Erin as it came to its closest point to Bermuda, on September 9. 2001. (AP Photo/David Skinner)

Aviatrix Carlene Mendieta taxis to the runway on September 5, 2001 before departing Westchester County Airport in New York in an antique aircraft beginning her three-week flight in re-creating Amelia Earhart’s 1928 record-setting flight across America and back. The flight, landed in 23 cities along the historic route and covered approximately 5,500 miles at an average speed of 82 mph. Mendieta’s trip was grounded for more than 10 days after the FAA closed airspace following the attacks of 9/11. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Security guards stand outside the ruling Taliban’s Supreme Court buildings in Kabul on September 8, 2001. Eight foreign aid workers, on trial for promoting Christianity in Islamic Afghanistan, appeared for the first time in court since their arrest five weeks ago saying they were innocent of proselytizing. (Reuters/Zahid Hussein)

he U.S. Army announced that it was experiencing it’s most successful recruiting year since 1997, having met it’s recruiting goals for the 2001 fiscal year one month early partly due to the recent economic downturn that was affecting the labor market. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

A satellite image of the Pentagon Building near Washington, D.C., taken on September 7, 2001 by the IKONOS satellite. Four days later, American Airlines Flight 77 would be crashed into the western wall (top right in this photo), killing 189 aboard the flight and on the ground. (Space Imaging/Getty Images)

A lunch menu fails to lure customers on September 3, 2001 at a New York City restaurant. With the recent slowdown in the economy, many New York City restaurants, which once seemed impervious to economic slowdowns, have begun to see business drop as much as 30 percent. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Two Afghan traders lead their camels down a rocky road on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 5, 2001. Afghanistan’s infrastructure remains in tatters after years of fighting between rival political and religious factions in the troubled country. (Reuters/Zahid Hussein)

An Afghan walks past a destroyed tank in Naghloo, 64 km (40 miles) east of Kabul, on September 5, 2001. (Reuters/Zahid Hussein)

A skateboarder rides in the bowl on September 5, 2001 at the Millennium Skate Park in Brooklyn borough of New York City. The new skate park cost nearly $1 million to construct and is part of a growing resurgence of parks designed for skateboarders and bikers after most were closed in the 1980s for insurance concerns. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The village of Sao Jorge da Beira, Portugal, 300 km from Lisbon, is surrounded by forest fire at the earlier hours of September 11, 2001. Hundreds of firefighters battled to control forest fires raging in mountainous parts of northern and central Portugal on Tuesday, officials said. A late-summer heatwave combined with strong westerly winds and dry weather fuelled a spate of blazes in heavily wooded areas in recent days during an otherwise wet year with fewer fires than normal. (Reuters/Stringer)

U.S. President George W. Bush greets the students of Justina Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida, on September 10, 2001, during a Leadership Forum on the importance of reading programs for children. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

On September 5, 2001, Julien Menichini was in the middle of a trip to New York City, photographing landmarks up and down Manhattan. Here is a view of the twin towers of the World Trade Center, as he prepared to ride up to the observation deck. Original here. (Julien Menichini / CC BY)

A view of New York City skyscrapers, with the top of the World Trade Center North Tower at left. Photo taken on September 5, 2001 from the 107th floor observation deck of the South Tower. Original here. (Julien Menichini / CC BY)

At 8:41 p.m. on September 10, 2001, these two men later identified by the FBI as 9/11 hijackers Mohamed Atta (Left-Rear) and Abdulaziz al-Omari, (Right-Foreground) were photographed by a security camera at a Fast Green ATM money machine in South Portland, Maine. Only 12 hours after these photos were taken, Atta and al-Omari would fly American Airlines Flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. (Reuters/FBI)

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