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 - 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." He's seen here with "E.T." director Steven Spielberg and Drew Barrymore at the premiere of the 20th anniversary version of the film in 2002.

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