On this day: September 9

Published On: Sep 03 2013 12:12:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 09 2014 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 - Henry Thomas
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1971: Actor Henry Thomas, best known for playing Elliott Taylor in the 1982 film "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," is born in San Antonio, Texas. He's also known for roles in "Cloak & Dagger," "Legends of the Fall" and "Gangs of New York."

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