On this day: September 9

Published On: Sep 03 2013 12:12:13 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 09 2015 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 - Catfish Hunter
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1999: Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Jim "Catfish" Hunter, who pitched from 1965 to 1979 for both the Kansas City/Oakland Athletics and the New York Yankees, dies of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at age 53 in Hertford, North Carolina. An eight-time All-Star, Hunter won the 1974 Cy Young Award, pitched a perfect game in 1968 and won five World Series titles, three with the A's and two with the Yankees. He's seen here, at left, in 1979 along with Yankees manager Billy Martin and catcher Brad Gulden.

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