— It was around 10:30 p.m. ET last May 1 when word started to leak.
— By 11:30 p.m. ET or so, a crowd was already gathering outside the White House; changing "USA!"
— At 11:38 p.m. ET, President Obama confirmed the news. "Good evening," he began. "Tonight, I can report to the American peopleand to the world that the United States has conducted anoperation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of alQaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder ofthousands of innocent men, women, and children."
— Just before midnight ET, former President George W. Bush issued a statement saying, in part, that "this momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001."
— It was around 3:15 a.m. ET, May 2, when we learned that bin Laden's body had already been buried at sea.