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.

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1942: A Japanese floatplane launched from a submarine and flown by Warrant Officer Nobuo Fujita and Petty Officer Okuda Shoji drops two incendiary bombs outside of Brookings, Oregon, in an attempt to start a forest fire. The damage done by the attack was minor, but it was the only time during World War II that mainland America suffered an air raid attack by enemy forces. The attack was also the first time the continental United States was bombed by an enemy aircraft.

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