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 - Joe Theismann
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1949: Joe Theismann, best known for his 12 seasons playing in the NFL with Washington, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler and quarterback of the winning team in Super Bowl XVII, is born in New Brunswick, N.J. Theismann, who played collegiately for Notre Dame, was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

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