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 - Otis Redding
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1941: Soul singer Otis Redding is born in Dawson, Georgia. His biggest hit, 1967's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," became the first posthumous No. 1 record on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts after his death in a plane crash on Dec. 10, 1967. "Respect" and "Try a Little Tenderness" are among his other most well-known songs.

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