Sept. 9, 1775: A hurricane strikes Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. In what is still considered Canada’s worst weather disaster, at least 4,000 die — many of them fishermen or Royal Navy sailors assigned to North America during the American Revolution.
Sept. 9, 1890: Sequoia National Park is established in California. It is home to some of the largest trees on earth.
Sept. 9, 1998: Keiko, the orca whale that was captured off Iceland, displayed in a tank at marine parks in Canada and Mexico, then “liberated” with a flight to a better-equipped aquarium in Oregon, is flown back to Iceland as part of an intensive plan to reintroduce him to the wild. Keiko inspires worldwide support and a fictionalized box office hit, "Free Willy," but the release plan does not go well. Keiko beaches himself and dies in 2003.