On this day: September 9

Published On: Sep 03 2013 12:12:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 09 2016 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 - computer bug
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1947: A moth lodges in a relay of a Harvard Mark II computer at Harvard University, marking the first actual case of a computer bug being found. While the Harvard Mark II operators did not coin the term "bug," the incident contributed to the widespread use and acceptance of the term within the computer software lexicon.

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