On September 11, 1978, Prime Minister Menachem
Begin of Israel and President Anwar Sadat of Egypt agreed to the
David Accords, a plan for peace between the two countries.
This led to the signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. U.S.
President Jimmy Carter played a major role in the
Learn more about the Camp David Accords from the Carter Library.
On September 11, 2001, terrorists allegedly associated with al Qaeda hijacked four US commercial airliners, two of which were crashed into the World Trade Center Towers in New York City, with a third hitting the Pentagon in Washington DC. The fourth plane went down in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks spawned an immediate tightening of aviation security regulations and in October 2001 led to Congressional passage of the controversial USA PATRIOT Act, giving the executive broad new national security powers.