On September 9th of 1776, the Continental Congress renamed the nation. The country became known as the United States in stead of the United Colonies.
Other Events on September 9th:
1850: California became the 31st state of the USA.
1919: Boston Police went on strike and criminals took advantage by looting the city.
1966: Actor-comedian, Adam Sandler, was born in Brooklyn, NY.
1976: Mao Tse-tung, the former Communist Chinese leader, died in Beijing. Mao was 82.
2013: A painting discovered in a Norwegian attic was confirmed to be an original Vincent Van Gogh piece.
See photos of Adam Sandler, who turns 47 on September 9: