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

1922 – The USSR is formed, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation (More info)

1936 – The United Auto Workers union stages its first sit-down strike (More info)

1965 – Ferdinand Marcos becomes President of the Philippines (More info)

1853 – The US and Mexico sign the Gadsden Purchase, establishing the final boundaries of the southern United States (More info)

1972 – The United States halts heavy bombing of North Vietnam (More info)