9/11: The Week Before as presented by: The Atlantic

The attacks of September 11th, 2001 came as a huge surprise, shocking the world and immediately dominating the news around the world. Ten years later, the reverberations from that shock and the varying reactions to it continue to affect nearly everyone in ways large and small. While most people remember where they were on that day, it can be difficult to recall what else was happening in the days just before. I thought it would be interesting to go through the newswires and find photos of 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 this week of September, one decade ago, before everything changed. 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. 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. 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.

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