On this day: September 9

Published On: Sep 03 2013 12:12:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 09 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

The United Colonies become the United States, a Japanese airplane firebombs Oregon during World War II, Elvis Presley appears on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and Hurricane Betsy wreaks record-breaking damage along the Gulf Coast, all on this day.

OTD September 9 - Catfish Hunter
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1999: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who pitched from 1965 to 1979 for both the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees, dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 53 in Hertford, North Carolina. An eight-time All-Star, Hunter won the 1974 Cy Young Award, pitched a perfect game in 1968 and won five World Series titles, three with the A's and two with the Yankees.

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