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 - Sandy Koufax
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1965: Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers becomes the sixth pitcher of the modern era, and eighth overall, to throw a perfect game, the first by a left-hander since 1880. The 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs was Koufax's fourth no-hitter, setting a major-league record that was later broken by Nolan Ryan.

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