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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 - Chairman Mao
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1976: Chinese communist revolutionary and politician Mao Zedong, commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, is taken off life support and dies at age 82 in Beijing, China. He had suffered a heart attack seven days earlier, his third overall, and lung infection had worsened. The founding father of the People's Republic of China from its establishment in 1949, he governed the country as chairman of the Communist Party of China until his death.

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