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1776: The Continental Congress officially names its new union of sovereign states the United States. This replaced the term "United Colonies," which had been in general use.
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.
Some restaurants have been busy correcting food safety violations on the second day of the state's new inspection system.
A lone bugler sounding the traditional military farewell "Last Post" marked the arrival Wednesday in the Netherlands of the first dead from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.