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 - 1972 Olympics
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1972: The United States suffers its first loss in an international basketball game in a disputed match against the Soviet Union in Munich, West Germany, during the 1972 Summer Olympics. Team USA initially believed it had won with a score of 50–49. However, due to confusing signals from the scorer's table, the final three seconds of the game were replayed twice and the Soviet team was able to regain the lead and claim a 51-50 victory. Ultimately, the U.S team refused to accept their silver medals, which remain to this day in a vault in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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