Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1859 – British and French engineers break ground for the Suez Canal (More info)

1901 – New York becomes the first US state to require automobile license plates (More info)

1939 – DC Comics introduces Batman in ‘Detective Comics’ #27 (More info)

1945 – Delegates meet in San Francisco to organize the United Nations (More info)

1983 – American schoolgirl Samantha Smith is invited to visit the Soviet Union by its leader, Yuri Andropov, after he reads her letter in which she expresses fears about nuclear war (More info)