Nine days after terrorists attacked America by hijacking commercial airplanes and flying them into buildings in New York and Washington, D.C., and crashing one into the ground in Pennsylvania, then-President George W. Bush called for the Taliban to hand over Osama bin Laden.

A front-page story in the Daily News on Sept. 21, 2001, said Bush also announced the creation of a new, Cabinet-level department, which would become the Department of Homeland Security.

The Taliban refused Bush’s demand.

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