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 - Hurricane Betsy
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U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

1965: A day after making landfall on Key Largo as a Category 3 hurricane, Hurricane Betsy makes a second landfall near New Orleans, La., this time as a Category 4 hurricane. The storm left 76 dead and caused $1.42 billion in damages, becoming the first hurricane to top $1 billion in unadjusted damages.

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