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 - Leo Tolstoy
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1828: Author Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy, best known for "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina," is born in Yasnaya Polyana, his family's estate in the Tula region of Russia.

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